Oh the silly season! It’s like our life crazyometer gets turned up to its absolute max and keeping up with all the social engagements, work pressures, and trying to keep on track with an active and healthy lifestyle can start to feel stressful, overwhelming, and downright impossible. If you find you’re getting sucked into the silly season stress as you try and fit everything in, here are two quick fixes to help you reconnect with peace and presence:
Pay attention to your perceptions
It’s really important that we remember that stress is often a result of perceived pressure – not actual pressure. Consider if you’re putting too much on your plate and keep the pressures of the silly season in perspective. Do you really have to host that Christmas party? If so, then maybe you can pick up some food or get it catered for to take some of the pressure off. If shopping in crowds stresses you out, hop online and grab your gifts from the comfort of your own home (hot tip… head to lornajane.com.au for all your active gifts).
Awareness of how you’re thinking is one of the most important things when it comes to feeling balanced and calm. Are you expecting yourself to be ‘perfect’? Are you people-pleasing your way towards burning out? Make self-care an absolute priority because, when we’re not looking after ourselves, it’s impossible for us to really be there for the people in our life. Get used to saying ‘no’ to invitations and obligations – a great motto to live by, especially when life gets busy is: “‘If it’s not a heck yes, it’s a no.”
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, a great place to begin is to get all those tasks, engagements, and errands out of your head and onto a to-do list. Do a big brain dump of all the things that you need to get done before Christmas and break the bigger things down into their smaller steps.
This list on its own can be overwhelming, so this next step is key: put every item from the list into your calendar so it has a time and day dedicated to getting it done. Look over your list and highlight the more urgent and important tasks and schedule them first. It’s OK to move things around when you need to, but by scheduling your to-do’s you remove the pressure to do everything at once – and you can breathe a sigh of relief.
It’s absolutely crucial to put time out for you into your calendar – I find that one evening a week and a chunk of a few hours on the weekend works well but work with he amount of time you have to spare. Small 15-minute breaks throughout the day work well too. These are times when you can do whatever you need to feel replenished and refreshed – an early night, a lovely yoga class, reading a book, a cup of herbal tea, a lovely meditation, time in nature, or some down time with your partner. It’s these little things that will keep you relaxed (and sane!) during the silly season.
With these two tactics under your belt, you’ll be more present to really soak in the fun and joy of this time of year – and that’s what it’s all about!
Amelia is the creator of The Soul Sister Sessions, the Happy, Healthy Ease Facebook Community, the journaling guide From the Heart, and her blog at ameliaharvey.com.au. Her mission is to empower young women by providing with a toolkit for a joyful life on every level – body, mind, and spirit. She believes that a healthy and happy life is all about practicing presence and compassion, trusting your intuition, and finding your sweet spot so you can do it all with ease.