It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or is it? The Holiday Season for many of us is over-booked and over-done to the point that we hit a wall, crash, and feel like we can’t get up.
With 7 days left till Christmas, there is still time to enjoy every last minute of the season in joy, but a teeny bit of planning is required on your part. Start by taking a look at what holiday events are still left to attend. Are there more commitments than you can handle right now? Consider saying no to those that don’t bring you joy. Then, schedule in the necessities – things that HAVE to get done. Now, make some time for YOU.
(1) Get Outside
Walk, bike, run, ski, swim, play tennis; just get outside and enjoy the wintertime.
(2) Shorten Your Beauty Routine
Products like blow-out spray (to shorten your blow-dry time | HERE), dry shampoo (HERE) to extend your blow out, spray foundation like Dior Airflash Foundation (HERE) are all great for when you need to get out in a flash. Products that multitask like (THIS) will shorten your beauty regimen as well.
(3) Pamper Yourself
Schedule an hour at the nail salon for some festive nails and while you’re there, treat yourself to a 15-minute chair massage – you deserve it!
Or, treat yourself to a blowout. Aside from your hair looking awesome the night of the event, a good blowout should last for days to follow. Bonus, relaxing in the chair while someone pampers you is pretty nice too!
(4) Plan Some Girl-time
Coffee, lunch, shopping, or a movie with girlfriends.
(5) Carve Out Some Quiet Time For Yourself
Consider going to bed 30 minutes early to rise 30 minutes before the rest of the house wakes up. During that time, light your favorite candle, sip some tea and use that time to meditate, reflect, plan the day ahead, read, journal or just simply BE.
(6) Plan Your Outfits
With 1 week till Christmas, take 30 min or so to set out your holiday looks. I like to use (THESE) closet dividers from AMAZON to keep my looks organized. Check your calendar, what events are coming up? Then do a quick scan. Do you have the correct foundation pieces, accessories, shapewear and outerwear to complete your look?
Set aside an hour to evaluate your closet and plan out outfits for upcoming events. Why? It saves valuable time and last-minute running around prior to an event. Select accessories and any shapewear that may be needed to pull your outfit together.
(7) Have Fun With The Season
Wear a string of lights, holiday earrings, faux fur, a little extra bling something red or heck – a holiday sweater! Hey, if Granny (age 95) and Mom (age 76) can get their holiday spirt on, I bet you can too!
(8) Give Back
Visit a retirement home, serve meals or volunteer to bring joy to those in need. Even better, bring a friend or child with you and create wonderful memories together.
(9) Take A Social Media Break
Social media can be a big time suck, one that often leaves us feeling unhappy or even angry. Consider staying off all social media (or at least the channels that do not bring you joy) for at least 12 hours – and see how you feel. If anything, you’ll get those 30-60 minutes needed to lay out your outfits, walk the neighborhood, cook or enjoy a glass of wine. What will bring you joy? Facebook, or a moment by the tree, enjoying the beauty of the season?
(10) Step Into A Yoga Class
Even if you don’t practice yoga, consider candlelight or restorative class. These types of classes are made for relaxation – not skill building – you may even take a little well-needed nap.
Now tell us, how do you re-charge when holiday season gets to be a bit too much? What do you do to bring joy back into the season? Join the conversation and drop us a line down below, we’d love to hear your thoughts!
Peace, Love, Joy.