Do you hear that in the distance? It’s the chorus to “All I Want for Christmas”. That can mean only one thing—the holidays are close. And while 2020 probably has you feeling less than merry, there are ways you can still have fun, make them memorable and not succumb to the “holi-daze”.
Here are a few ways to keep your sanity in a truly different holiday season and unique new year.
Treat yourself with time. What’s the saying? You can’t pour from an empty cup? While you’re hustling and bustling to take care of family, kids, friends, and work obligations, don’t forget to treat yourself well.
Make time to exercise, relax...heck, even some no-guilt Netflix binges here and there. Give yourself more than a break—give yourself some downtime to recharge.
Eat well (and enjoy it). In a season known for pumpkin spice and everything nice, eating well doesn’t sound like the most fun thing in the world. But with a little imagination (and a few recipes), it doesn’t have to be boring. Try some of these better-for-you spins on your favorites.
- Protein Pomegranate Cups
- Paleo No-Bake Apple Pie Bites
- Collagen Pumpkin Spice Creamer
- Chocolate Peppermint Protein Pops
- Vegan Eggnog
Take in the light. This year has us spending more time indoors than at any time in recent memory. Heading into winter, that can mean things like Seasonal Affective Disorder for some. Make a conscious effort to get out, get some fresh air, and take in all that glorious Vitamin D. If you can’t make it outside, stock your pantry with a Vitamin D supplement or eat foods like mushrooms, fish, milk, yogurt, and eggs.
Streeeeeeeetch and breeeeeeathe. Whether you’re working remote or curled up on the couch, your body can start to feel pretty stiff from a lack of movement. This can end up influencing your mood in a big way. That kink in your neck or between your shoulders can sneak up on you, turning into a headache or more.
Try stretching for 5-10 minutes, twice a day. Take deep breaths to expand and compress your chest and close your eyes. This will not only help your body feel better but also your brain by taking your mind off whatever stresses you have.
For some examples, try these Morning Stretch Routines for Brain and Blood Flow.
Stay social. The holidays are usually prime time for holiday parties, family gatherings, and all sorts of social interaction. But right now, social distancing is a little more realistic. For your mental state, it’s important to make time for things like FaceTime calls, small socially-distanced hangouts with one or two other people, and even those kinda awkward Zoom happy hours.
It’s a healthy reminder that, while you might feel lonely, you are certainly not alone.