'Tis the season to be joyful, generous, and sometimes, completely depleted!
While those with 9-5’s are slowing down and enjoying time to plan for the new year, for small business owners, this can be the busiest time of all. Juggling your workload and kids with events and parties, while surviving on Christmas cookies and fudge can quickly take its toll.
The good news is, you can avoid holiday burnout, without completely skipping out on all the things that make the holidays fun.
- Stay hydrated
This may seem obvious, but simply drinking more water can be a game changer for your overall health. In fact, water makes up 60% of our body weight, and is important to maintaining healthy cell function and delivering nutrients. Anyone else feeling extra worn out this time of year? It’s not surprising as dehydration is the #1 culprit of fatigue.
Fortunately, there are some easy ways to drink more water each day. First, if you’ve ordered a drink that’s extra sweet, try adding ice and water to lighten it up, and be sure to drink a glass of water between each cocktail. It’s also helpful to keep a big water bottle at your desk and in your car to drink up any chance you get. Some foods are extra hydrating as well, including cucumbers, zucchini, and tomatoes so adding them in to meals can help as well!
- Don’t forget to keep moving
Oh, the weather outside is frightful...it’s a classic tale of winter storms, cozy fireplaces and zero desire to get up and get moving. Friendly reminder to find opportunities for movement wherever you can! Even if you can’t keep up with your normal workout routine (no shame, it happens!), you can still get some steps in. Park farther from the event, take walks after meals, get out in the snow to play, run around with your little ones, or family members. Nothing decreases stress and increases energy like a good sweat session!
- Balance the good with the bad
It’s ok to indulge at the holidays! You don’t want to miss out on all the amazing treats this time of year. Keep in mind though that too much sugar and alcohol can take a huge toll on your energy levels and immunity, making you more susceptible to colds and flu. Save the indulgences for parties, and limit the amount of sweet treats, aka empty calories, you keep at home.
- Say No!
Remember that you don’t have to say yes to every invite and event. Don’t worry about what you ‘should’ do and instead decide what you’d like to do. By doing so, you’ll be more present, and therefore happier, about what you’re committing to.
Sometimes it helps to have a few simple phrases in your back pocket to recenter yourself when you’re trying to do it all. We love, “I am good enough,” when you feel like expectations of you are getting overwhelming from family and friends. Feeling like you’ve got too much going on? Try, “I will be present in every moment.” This one is so important because it allows you to focus on the important things right in front of you, not what holiday fun you may miss out on. After taking a moment, you’ll probably realize that you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be.
Find time to decompress from the excitement by spending time alone, practicing your favorite form of self-care, and getting some extra help when you need it. For instance, if you have parties to plan, an event planner can help you handle the details. Add extra housekeeping to save you time on cleaning up throughout the week when you have a full schedule. Weekly meal prep support will keep your whole family healthy. At Pepperlane, we know firsthand, that sometimes the best gift of all is often getting some time back!
- Focus on what matters
Yes, this is a busy time of year, but it’s also a great time to reconnect with the people you love. Take a break from the daily grind and celebrate another year of business, motherhood and life. Don’t give all of your energy to the negative stuff, which can take a toll on your mood, digestion, and energy, instead, stay positive and be grateful for all the good stuff that happened this year and everything on the horizon for next year.
#1SimpleAct: Which of these healthy holiday tips can you implement today? Start by making a quick list of what you’re excited about — and what you’d rather skip — from now until the New Year. What can you say no to? How can you create space for all the things you want to do; and to stay healthy and energized.
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