5 Tips for Stress-Free Festivities
When our world feels less than normal, there are still ways we can find balance, manage stress to and take things in our stride.
With festivities on the doorstep and lockdown limitations, what can we do to help bring our best selves forward so we can feel full of 'tidings and joy' over the holidays?
There's no denying that things will be a little different for most of us this year. So perhaps the traditional expectations for this season, like the rest of 2020, may need to be 'tweaked'. But that doesn't make it any less special... or less stressful. However, there are still ways we can all find balance when our world feels less than normal.
Here are my Top 5 Tips to help you take things in your stride and really make the most of the holidays... no matter how you choose to spend it this year!
1. Have a Plan. Ok, so you know that you're making adjustments to your celebrations and family gatherings might be online rather than around the table. Thinking about how you want to create your Christmas and what you will need to make it happen, can help you to get prepared ahead of time in a way that fits around your commitments... and even tackle some of the stresses of getting together with our technology-challenged loved ones!
2. Set Boundaries. Are you a yes person? I know I can be, especially at this time of year. However, it's easy to pile even more on your plate (and I don't just mean food). It's exhausting, right? But it's ok to give yourself permission to say no. Setting boundaries about what you can, or are willing to do and why it's important to you, will help you take control of your workload and your wellbeing, so you feel more confident at declining those extra requests.
3. Eat Well to Be Well. As always with this time of year, there are so many tempting treats. But as delicious as these foods are, they are often loaded with unhealthy ingredients which are high in saturated fats, additives or preservatives. All of which can impact our health and our mood.
Do you ever notice how you feel after overindulging?
Eating a wide range of healthy whole foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and pulses, will help ensure that you're getting a good balance of nutrients and give you the energy to keep going. But it's not just what you eat, watch out for those festive tipples too. Drinking water throughout the day and with your meals will help to keep you hydrated and fight festive fatigue.
4. Tactically Retreat. You can't pour from an empty cup, so it's important to take a little time out for yourself to recharge, whether that's a soak in the bathtub, listening to uplifting music or getting outside in nature. Exercise releases endorphins and is proven to reduce stress levels and improve low mood. For something gentle, try this 20-minute yoga flow from Yoga With Adriene to help with anxiety or read my post on taking things one step at a time. When things get a little overwhelming, it's okay to make your wellness a priority.
5. Be Perfectly Imperfect! Of course, we all want to make Christmas the very best we can this year, but holding ourselves to unrealistic expectations can be the perfect recipe for failure. Be kind to yourself and accept that this year is different. Let go of what you can't control and be realistic with what you can. Remember to enjoy the holidays, however they unfold and most of all, have some fun!
Wishing you much happiness and joy. Merry Christmas!
Adelle @ AdamsEve
PS. Watch out for some exciting new programmes coming up in 2021.
Adelle Adams mANP-HC is a qualified Health Coach (College of Naturopathic Medicine) and a member of the UK Health Coaches Association. As a certified Health Coach and Wellness Specialist, Adelle primarily educates and motivates her clients to assume more personal responsibility for their health by adopting a healthy attitude, lifestyle, and diet. Articles posted are not a substitute for professional medical or nutritional advice and treatment.