The other week as my husband and I frantically tried to figure out our holiday schedule between our FOUR families (the joys of being children of divorce), I almost considered packing up our stuff and shipping off to the west coast where we would never be heard from again.
Clearly, we did not do that.
Instead, we were able to reach some compromises and our families were understanding and flexible. I know, unheard of, but we’re pretty lucky. However, the stress doesn’t stop once you decided where you’ll be for a holiday. Oh no. That’s just the beginning. Then you have to actually go to the holiday, and if you’re over 25 you most likely have to help. And I haven’t even gotten started on Christmas shopping…
It’s enough to make anyone go from Buddy the Elf to the Grinch real fast. So what can you do?
Obviously preparing ahead of time is out of the question because let’s be honest, no one will ever buy their Christmas presents in October or anytime that is not a week before Christmas. It just won’t happen, that’s not who we are. So instead, I offer you these tips you can do for yourself to try and stay sane this holiday season.
Keep your body healthy from the inside out
You know what’s worse than sitting through another game of charades with your drunk aunt? Sitting through it with a head cold. Pump up that vitamin C (if still counts of it’s in a mimosa, right?) or start taking a daily multi-vitamin. That way, your body will work to stay healthy even while you’re sleeping! But I’m not a doctor, so definitely consult one before adding or changing anything to your diet.
Sweat it out
A lot of fitness studios have special challenge classes and packages around the holidays to help combat added stress, as well as added pounds. Check our your local gyms to see if there’s any specials going on. Or you could join me on Thanksgiving at SoulCycle for the infamous Turkey Burn, a 90-minute ride (aka back-to-back classes), where I may or may not collapse mid sprint.
Get your Om on
As a huge proponent of yoga (and a certified 200hr teacher – woo woo!), there’s no better way to decompress from a mall overrun with late, insane shoppers than finding some peace and calm. Head to a studio or grab your mat at home and flow through some sun salutations. For some added peace of mind, diffuse lavender oil while you move and make sure to take an extra long savasana. Namaste indeed!
Sneak in some “you” time
If you have to travel and stay with family for the holidays, make sure you can carve out a little alone time to decompress. Put on your noise cancelling headphones and watch Stranger Things (again) on your phone. Borrow a car or take your own and go for a drive, maybe to an old hometown favorite spot. Go for a walk with an old high school friend or a relative you love but don’t get to see too often. Or go see a cheesy holiday movie by yourself and treat yourself to your favorite movie theatre snack. The point is – make sure you give yourself time to recharge. Even the most loving families can be overwhelming and smothering.
When it comes to gifts, do what my family does – Amazon wish lists. Make a list, check it twice (hehe), and send the link in a group email, then have your family do the same. It makes life SO. MUCH. EASIER. So when you’re going around the dinner table to express your gratitude this holiday season, make sure you mention Amazon Prime; the greatest gift to mankind.
Stay sane my friends.