Tips for Your Holiday Well Being
Dr. Dale V. Atkins, December 2014
The song lyric reminds us, "It's the most wonderful time of the year." Is it, really?
What makes this time of year wonderful for one person may make it awful for someone else. To help ourselves during the holidays, we can each try to figure out what works for us and what doesn't. Only then can we try to maximize what works and minimize or eliminate what doesn't.
At holiday time, many of us respond anxiously to the thought of how much there is to do as multiple tasks pile up. We become keenly aware that there is limited time to take care of all that we think we need to do.
Without appreciating the toll these "extra" items on our to do list take on our well-being, we feel pressure to accomplish them all. In response to this, the most important thing we can do is to take care of ourselves in small ways, every day.
So here are some tips for your HOLIDAY WELL-BEING (And whatever you do, avoid thinking of this as another "to do list"!):
Before getting out of bed, breathe slowly and deeply, feeling the air around you.
Mentally greet the day as you take a moment of appreciation that you have this day in front of you.
Focus on one thing you want to be mindful of throughout the day to help keep you calm.
Create spaces throughout the day to return to that thought, visualization, intention, or state of being.
Make eye contact with people and connect with them as many people are feeling pressured and a shared smile or knowing laugh eases tension.
If things do not go as well as you had intended, remind yourself that you can always restart your day as you BEGIN WHERE YOU ARE.