08 Dec [CLOSED] Ways to Recharge and Relax these Holidays
When the holiday season rolls around, you tend to forget to take some time to recharge and rest. Between family, travelling, feasting and socializing, you might struggle to catch your breath, so I thought I’d share small ways that you can make the most of your time off, these holidays.
Take some time each morning
I often find myself awake before everyone well… except for Eli, who is usually the reason that I am awake! I have made it a habit to get up, make a cup of coffee, sit on the floor of my lounge and reflect. I might slap on a face mask, paint my nails, watch YouTube or even journal. I have fallen in love with this time of the day because it’s MY time – there is no one demanding or expecting anything of me, there is no noise or blinking phones, it’s just me, my coffee and Eli crawling around on the floor. I like using this time to prepare myself for the day ahead, I might mentally run through what I need to do, write down a few goals or even brainstorm new blog ideas.
Plan for the silly season
Take the stress out of the silly season by planning your day ahead. Keep in mind that shopping centres are going to be overcrowded and that traffic is going to be a nightmare, so give yourself more time to get things done. I find that we make silly mistakes when stress and that in hind sight, we know we could have avoided had we just taken more time to be cautious.
Schedule “ME” Time
The holidays aren’t even here, and I already have family scheduling me in for events and activities. As much as I adore spending time with the family, I also have to factor in that by the 2nd or 3rd day of full activities, my kids and I are exhausted which leads to tantrums and me having a short fuse. So, this year, I am taking the pressure off me and allowing myself to have “me” days, where we aren’t scheduled to do anything and where we might skip on attending an event or two. Instead, I am going to pull out a book, sit in the garden with a face mask on, and watch the kids discover new adventures in our yard – completely content and guilt-free!
Ask for help
Good gracious, navigating a mall with a baby and toddler during the festive season is tough. TOUGH! So, I have learnt to ask the people close to me for more help by scheduling Axl for playdates with his granny and aunt, so that D and I can get some shopping done (oh, and grab lunch at a restaurant that doesn’t have a kids’ section!). It’s okay to ask for help!
When was the last time that you disconnected? Whether it’s spending time with family, visiting a local park, or just enjoying time on your own, don’t forget to disconnect for a bit. Twitter and Instagram will still be around when you get back, so go discover new places, meet new faces and try new things!
Settle down at the end of each day
Don’t forget to settle down at the end of each day to reflect on events, special memories and what you are grateful for. I usually use this time to do my night-time skin routine, slip on something light and comfortable and climb into bed with the kids before watching a Christmas movie.
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