Mika Jolie

Unwinding during the Holiday Season

Note to self: RELAX.

There’s no denying it, as much as we claim otherwise, the holidays are STRESSFUL. There’s always one more gift to buy, box to wrap, pie to bake, party to attend, room to clean, card to mail, and on and on. The to-do lists become never ending and there’s always this sense that you need to keep doing more. At least that’s how I feel. I’m not the best at centering myself, but I’m trying. So I thought it might be nice to find some sites share some helpful tips on ways to keep ourselves sane during this busy time.

Peruse the links at your leisure, but I pulled a few out ideas that I thought were definitely worth noting.

If you’re traveling: get a good night’s sleep before you leave, make sure to schedule breaks during your trip, plan for some exercise every day, and don’t over schedule when you reach your destination. The most important part of the holiday is spending time with friends and family. You don’t need to see every sight and try every restaurant and go to every show just because you’re only in town for a few days.

If you’re hosting: make sure to find some time for yourself each day, take deep breaths, get some time outside, forget being perfect, ask for help.

If you’re cooking: make as much as you can ahead of time, remember it’s not a crime to get some pre-made stuff, recruit volunteers, and take time to laugh.








Remember, the best gifts this season aren’t the ones that come in pretty paper with bows on top. They are the memories we make with those we care about. And you can’t be making memories if you’re stressing the details. So, let that homemade whipped cream go, they’ll survive the canned stuff. The 20 minutes you save is enough time to regale the story of that Christmas way back when… Oh, and NO? It’s a perfectly acceptable answer. Namaste.




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