Develop a Holiday Game Plan and Beat Stress
Holiday schedules can be stressful, but they don’t have to be. Holidays are a lot like sport seasons, enter it with a game plan and it will roll out with greater success and less stress for everyone. Here are some ways to develop a game plan and find balance this holiday season.
Let Go of Expectations
Set real expectations. Go into the game setting time, money and schedule allowances. Avoid the picture perfect holiday, it doesn’t exist! Instead prioritize what is important to you, and if you get to the rest, bonus!
Have a schedule! Make a list of all the people you want to visit, events to see, and don’t forget time for rest and play. Prioritize and communicate your schedule so that everyone is on the same page. Nobody likes surprises, unless it is wrapped up with a bow!
Memories are made and relationships are nurtured, at home or on the road, it’s about quality time. Fitting it all in may be challenging, but make the most of your time together wherever you land. Pull out a board game, a deck of cards, take selfies, watch a movie, take a hike, make a snowman, find a new place to eat, and most importantly, don’t forget about technology! Holidays can encourage connection and a time to unplug, but connect with friends and family around the world through Skype, Facebook, etc. Don’t let distance keep you apart!
Go for a walk, hit the gym, or practice yoga. Stay in a routine to refuel the body and mind. Down days are for recharging the batteries so you won’t need a vacation from your vacation. Many temptations and indulging opportunities present themselves. Enjoy in moderation and don’t derail the effort you’ve made to stay healthy.
Allow and ask for help. Give the little ones age-appropriate duties that they can accomplish and let the big kids help with the larger tasks. Working together allows more time for socializing and making memories! Don’t forget to say, "Thank you!"
Take an afternoon or morning to volunteer serving others in your community. Create compassion and community connection with organizations that are significant to you. Try inviting neighbors or friends over for a meal who are without family this year.
Staci Baker M.S, R.D., is an RYT-200 Certified Yoga Teacher and Owner of 5420 Yoga. She uses her knowledge to work with athletes through her yoga program, Peak Performance Yoga. Her variety of yoga classes create community connection, increase awareness of the benefits of yoga and provide a positive environment for her students to grow, learn and have fun. For more information, please visit www.5420yoga.com or 303-803-5982