Every year, the holiday season tends to start a bit earlier than the last. We start seeing holiday decorations and advertising in September – 4 months before New Year’s! Because the season is becoming increasingly longer, our ability to sustain busy schedules with office parties, get-togethers, shopping and community involvement (among many other things) becomes much harder to bare – a lot of us lose our mind!
Because this is most likely an unavoidable time of year, here are some tips to maintain your sanity during this time (it is possible, trust us!):
- Try meditation
Meditation is becoming extremely popular as more and more people are discovering its benefits. The practice of meditation can be simple, especially for those starting out. Try sitting in a quiet room, focusing deeply on your own breath or just counting steps as you walk around the neighborhood. You will find that a quiet mind can lead to an instant state of calmness. (Consider implementing office yoga!)
- Implement stress exercises, daily
Stress exercises can be done anywhere at any time! They are important in maintaining your mental health and are so easy to do. Next time you feel some stress approaching, try slowly tensing your muscles then relaxing them one group at a time (start at your toes and work your way up to your neck). As you do this, you are increasing your awareness in the moment and also literally letting go of all that tension!
- Get your laughs in
Humor can be a powerful healing device when you begin to question your sanity over the holidays – that’s why it’s often called the best medicine! Go old-school with fun family games like musical chairs, charades or even a few rounds of hide and seek. You’ll be surprised how quick your mind reverts from being stressed to merely having a good time.
- Get crafty
Whether you do this on your own to unwind, or coordinate with others in your office, holiday crafts and DIY gifts are a great way to take a break from your everyday stresses. Your concierge can arrange cookie decorating classes, wreath making tutorials, and much more. If you’re looking for something to do at home, get some inspiration from our Pinterest page.
We’ve all heard sleep is important to our overall well-being; however, it’s very important to remember during the holidays! With 8 hours of solid rest, you will be surprised at how much you can accomplish and how clear headed you will be throughout the day.
As you try the advice above, remember what the holidays mean to you – joy, peace, family, generosity, appreciation or something else. Keeping your focus on the bigger picture and what’s important will always help and take precedence over the hectic and (most importantly) eventful holiday season!
Post by: Kendra P.