Your guide to thriving through the holiday season
With the whirlwind of holiday activities, especially those that seem to disproportionately fall on women, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the chaos. From battling shopping crowds, and spending more than you might like, to managing an overflowing social calendar, the pressure can make time feel like your adversary.
But here's your gentle reminder: hold onto your non-negotiables.
To guide you through the festive season without burning out, here are four actionable tips to replace the chaos with a little more calm and composure.
1. Saying 'no' for a powerful 'yes' to you: it's not about missing out on all the fun, but it is about exercising boundaries. Reflect on your previous week: what do you wish you had said "no" to? This prompts a positive domino effect on your decisions, reflecting on priorities and goals. Value your time and choose what's right for you so that you can show up as your best self.
2. The power of your breath: breathwork is a powerful tool for emotional regulation. Activate your parasympathetic nervous system—the body's calming response—through intentional breathing. It's the easiest, most accessible form of self care. Inhale deeply, hold, exhale slowly—this simple act can be your constant companion in calming an overactive mind.
3. Getting some silence: the holiday season, while beautiful, brings extra noise and stimulation. Consciously turn down the volume, literally and metaphorically. Give your brain a chance to slow down and take a well-deserved break. Research confirms that moments of silence reduce stress hormones, stimulate creativity, and improve overall wellbeing.
4. Setting realistic expectations: recognise that imperfection is part of the holiday experience. Set realistic expectations and practice self-compassion. Be kind to yourself, understanding that it's okay to feel overwhelmed. Embrace the idea that saying 'no' and setting boundaries are essential acts of self care, allowing you to navigate the season with a little more resilience and joy.
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We hope these tips will help you to create your own Daily Rituals for self care. Need more inspiration? Follow @embodyme_daily or sign up The Weekly for more on curating precious moments for you each week.