Welcome to 5 Tips, my monthly blog that will help you to feel better about yourself and make your life a little easier.
My goal in this series is to educate you, help you create better habits, and help you to free up time to enjoy your life a little more.
Today I am all about mentally preparing for the Holidays. I know, I know, it’s early in November, who wants to start this preparation so early, but I assure you with a little work early in November, your future self will thank your past self for being so brilliant and efficient.
So, here are my 5 ways to get your calendar / life in order now so you can sail through the Holidays from early November until January 1! ~CHEERS!!!
- I always start my calendar planning with what can not be changed or avoided; think work schedules, kids’ activities, doctors appointments or really any obligation that, if you don’t do them it would be a huge deal. These may not be the fun stuff, but the necessary stuff. For example, if I know that a week is going to be particularly crazy, I may even plan out when and what I’m going to eat and my grocery trip, because these things have been overlooked, by accident in the past.
- Next, I take the time to look over the “want to’s”. This could include your self care, think hair, nails or quiet time, family movie night, dinner out with friends or your workouts. These are all just as important as your “have to’s”, but these are way more fun. Also, the great thing about these items is that they are flexible. You can always reschedule them if you find that your week has gotten the better of you. Remember, being gentle and honest with yourself is the most love you can show yourself and others.
- Schedule your “free time”, I know that sounds ridiculous, but sometimes we just need to schedule a “home day”. A day of rest and relaxation, or if not a whole day, then a few hours. Maybe Sunday mornings are slower and you can sit and watch a movie, meditate, work in your yard or whatever your heart desires. This is the time we all need to recharge our batteries so that we can show up for the “have to’s” and be ready for the “want to’s”.
- Have Gratitude. Although this does not seem like a calendar event, being grateful for all that we have is important. Just creating a shortlist in our head, on paper, in your phone or outloud can make things feel a little less daunting. The Holiday season is a great time to find gratitude in our lives because, eventually you will have to venture out into the world and having gratitude will make it easier to deal with all of the people.
- Finally and most importantly, get plenty of rest. This is the easiest way to recharge your battery. Make a bedtime routine that includes shutting off electronics 30 minutes before bed, making your sleeping space as clear and free of stress as you can and remember that you are the most important person in your life.
I hope you have found these tips helpful. Next month I’ll be back with 5 more tips. In the meantime, go check me out on Instagram @sunshinestatewellness or sign up for a free 30-minute Discovery Call and see how I can help guide you toward your goals.
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