The next couple weeks are some of the most stressful ones of the year. No matter what your life is like you are bound to have one too many commitments, additional expenses, and perhaps some less than favorable family obligations? Demand after demand after demand.
And what's the first thing to go? I am going to guess self care. Even if it's not the first thing to go it's probably gotten pushed pretty far down on the priority list. But here's the deal: this is the most crucial time to carve a little time out for yourself!! You have a lot going on and countless things that need your attention. Avoid burnout and exhaustion by making sure to take care of yourself first so you can better care for everything else requiring your attention!
Follow these 4 steps + maintain your happiness and sanity in the coming weeks!
- BE MINDFUL. That word gets tossed around a lot these days so it's easy to dismiss it or to get overwhelmed at the idea of one more thing to learn and try to fit into your already busy life! But hear this: a mindfulness practice can be started right this minute. It can be as easy as taking a pause and shifting your attention to your breathe. Try this: after you read this close you eyes right where you are and scan your body for any area where you may be holding stress. Find some? Great. Now relax those areas and take 10 deep and intentional breathes in and out through your nose. BOOM - DONE. Now set a reminder in your phone to do this a few times a day! You will feel immediate results like less stress, more energy, clarity of thought, and an overall sense of calm.
- SWEAT. Chances are you are dealing with more commitments than your usual schedule, so your usual workout schedule is likely compromised. Don't let it go completely to the wayside though!!! Take 5 - 10 minute and take a good hard look at your schedule and see where you could fit a workout in. Make a plan and stick to it.
- EAT+DRINK WELL. Don't resort to stress eating. Keep your lean protein and veggie intake high and avoid fatty sugary foods. Make an alcohol game plan and stick to it! You should feel relaxed and happy to indulge reasonably on the holidays, but on the surrounding days flush it out and keep it clean!
- REST. Make a point to get to bed on time and build a nighttime routine that doesn't involve screens for 30-60 minutes prior to bedtime in order to help your body transition in to sleep mode. According to Ayurvedic principles the ideal time to get to bed (lights out) is by 10pm and to get 6-8 hours of sleep.
Now take these steps and put them into practice...we've got this!