FAMILY OVER FRENZY
“It’s almost that time of year to switch from my everyday anxiety to my festive holiday anxiety!”
Does the quickly approaching holiday season have you feeling a little frazzled and in a bit of a frenzy?? Let’s talk about how to fight back and enjoy the holidays again (you know, like your kids do! *Wink*).
During the holidays, we often feel the draw make our loved ones happy by doing “all the things.” But, let’s be honest, doing it all can add up to exhaustion by the New Year. The good news is, you don’t have to do everything on your own; and in fact, you don’t have to do everything at all! It’s perfectly okay to delegate some things to others, and also to say NO to things sometimes. I know it can come as a bit of a shock, but let that sink in for a moment… then think about how much more you’ll enjoy your holidays this year without all that pressure!
With all the craze of this season, remind yourself of the true meaning of this time of year and the things that are most important to you. Taking a few steps to practice self-care might just help you keep your mental sanity and experience the magic of the holidays again.
Take Some “Me Time”
Whether you spend the time reading, journaling, meditating, or something completely different, it’s vital that you take the time for yourself and doing things that make you feel well-fueled. Especially over the holidays when stress levels can run high and everyone is busy rushing around. Make some extra time to pamper yourself—go to the spa, get your nails done, get a massage or take a bath at home! I can’t recommend Q Chill and/or Q Comfort Terpene Elixirs enough to take your relaxation further (not to mention the added benefits of their mood-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties). Practicing a little TLC will help you keep your mental state healthy and keep you focused on what’s important.
Boost Your Immune System
Few things will stress you out more or sabotage a holiday quite like an unexpected bout of seasonal illness. With cold and flu season just around the corner, it’s time to start prepping our immune systems! I know, I know… it’s not a very “fun” fall topic, but it’s important--and there are things we can do now to keep our bodies healthy through the season. Staying fit and active will do wonders for your immune system. You can add daily supplements like vitamins C and D, elderberry and zinc to fight off those germs! Q C+ Spray is a great addition to your routine if you’re looking to boost that immune system. You’ll want to especially ramp-up the vitamins if you feel something coming on!
Getting Enough Sleep
During the holidays, there are usually a few nights when you’ll want to stay up late. However, you should do your best to make that the exception and not the rule. On a regular basis you want to hit the hay on time and get enough sleep so that your fabulous self can get up early and take on the day! In the evening before bed, clear your mind of all the tasks you didn’t complete—there will be time to get to those tomorrow when you’re refreshed and restored in the morning. If you’re having trouble sleeping, as many of us do… try Q Rest + to help relieve stress and allow you to get better quality sleep!
The holidays are FULL of temptations and lots of opportunities to enjoy yummy foods and treats! However, celebration food isn’t always the healthiest for our bodies, right? Don’t worry though, there’s no need to deprive yourself of the delicious traditions you love. Instead, just remember to eat mindfully and really savor those flavors you enjoy. Plan ahead and drink plenty of water or try Q Twist Crave at least 30 minutes before a meal (you could also use this for a tasty, healthier cocktail!) When it’s time to eat, try using a small plate to help avoid overeating, and fill it with healthier options first, and then smaller portions of the less healthy options. Then, make sure to STOP when you’re full. Or rather, when you’re almost full—be mindful and listen to your body. Wait at least 10-15 minutes to decide whether you’re still hungry and really want that second helping ; )!
Remembering What’s Important
It’s easy to get distracted by the preparations, planning, food, drinks, parties, etc. But what really matters is time spent with those you love and memories made and enjoyed.
Center your holiday thoughts and gatherings around those things instead of food and indulgence. Indulge, yes, but not on cookies, candies, junk food and drinks. Instead, indulge on love and thoughtfulness and fun and time spent with those who mean the most to you. Plan games and start fun traditions of doing things together… go look at the lights, play a board game, show the kids in your family the great books and movies that you enjoyed as a kid, and take ALL the pictures!
Happy Holidays friends!