2020 pretty much sucked in a big way. We were all so excited at the end of 2019 for all that we planned for ourselves in the coming year and boy did we get the rug pulled out from under us. People all over the world suffered loss and some are still trying to get back on their feet while we wait for the other shoe to drop. Now that the holidays are approaching, and we try to make up for the stress, sadness, and loneliness that we’ve experienced, things can start to seem a little overwhelming.
Here are some ideas to keep you sane and in good spirits so you can have a wonderful Holiday this year.
Start a gratitude journal. I know, I know it may seem like a non-helping, additional task to add to your day but hear me out. Writing out your goals, dreams, problems, and fears can help you sort through them. Digital journaling or handwritten journaling can relieve that “doomsday” feeling that can loom over our shoulders when we’re going through a rough patch.
Start your day with meditation. I don’t know about you, but when I hear “Meditation” I think of 30 minutes of sitting still with my eyes closed. Turns out, this isn’t the case. Meditating for just 1 or 2 minutes in the morning can make a huge impact on how your day’s direction takes off. You can do it on your own, or you can use a guided meditation app that will help you clear your mind and get ready to take on your day.
Snack healthy (too). In my house, the holidays mean having random plates and platters of fudge brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and cupcakes as far as the eye can see. Heck, Christmas morning is the ONLY morning where breakfast is whatever you want it to be. Sweets are just a staple for the holidays but it’s not the ONLY thing available for snacking. Be sure to keep apples and oranges at the ready for quick snacks and on-the-go shopping goodies. Eating healthier foods and snacks will help keep your body working as it should which will give you more energy, a better mood, and you’ll be ready to tackle whatever comes your way. Long wait lines will mean nothing if you’ve packed a snack with you to ward off the “hangry”.
Keep it budget-friendly. So many people lost their jobs this year that spending has been reigned in. Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean that you must go crazy. A home-made gift like baked goods or framed printables you make up on your computer can impress just as much as a store-bought gift can. If you do plan to buy all your gifts, why not set a dollar amount you’ll spend per person and stick to it. Once you’ve done that, it will be much easier to choose the gift to give within your budget. Remember, especially this year, it’s the thought that counts. Even if we can’t be together with our loved ones like we used to be, we can still let people know we are thinking about them and that we love them.
Take melatonin, drink some tea, and take time at the end of your day to reflect on what matters. I don’t mean freak out about what you didn’t get done, I mean to sit by yourself, and think about the fact that you woke up today. Think about things that made you smile or laugh. Remember the smells that made you excited to sit down to eat and the songs that got you moving while you took care of your day to day errands. If you have children, think of their hugs, dwell on their smiles and long stories. Keep everything positive in your mind as you get ready to drift off to sleep.
Don’t let the holidays’ slip by without taking care of yourself. You can end this unforgiving year with a hopeful outlook on what 2021 will bring with a little focus, slowing down, and self-care.