Thanksgiving, or even Halloween if you have children in your life, begins a long stretch of holidays that can be very time consuming, emotionally and even physically as we move back and forth for visits, family dinners, business gatherings, volunteer activities and holiday celebrations of all types. Christmas, New Years, a stream of government holidays with trips planned, it doesn't see to stop. However, once Valentine's Day comes and goes things seem to take a breather, a calming of social commitments and pressures from the intensity of the past months. So why not make this time a holiday for you? Use the quieter calendar to plan some ways to de-stress and celebrate calm. This is especially important for people who have come through this time mourning the loss of someone who is usually a part of the season. The best gift you can give yourself is time to recover. Here are some things you can do to help:
1. Say no to social engagements that you really don't want to attend. Sometimes a little alone time can be a good thing.
2. Consider taking 10 - 20 minutes each day for meditation or reflection.
3. Cut down on exposures to electronics - unless it is some quiet calming music.
4. Make sure you get your sleep - maybe even sleep-in on a weekend or two.
5. Reflect on the past few months and survey what you might want to eliminate from your holiday schedule next year or things you didn't do, that would would make the season more enjoyable for you.
Most importantly, use your days for reflection and relaxation. This way you'll emerge from these hectic, crazy months with a serenity and calmness that will guide you through the rest of the year.