You probably have the best intentions of making your holiday season peaceful, calm and relaxed, each year. Then, all of a sudden, it's Thanksgiving and you find yourself staring back at a calendar full of activities, long shopping lists, a full schedule at work and not much time to cram in the holiday cheer you were hoping for. This year, give yourself the gift of a connected, quiet and rejuvenating holiday season, so that you can embrace the new year without losing your marbles!
During the busy and chaotic holiday season, it can be difficult to carve out time for yourself and your loved ones, while avoiding expensive meals and one too many holiday parties, but it is possible. Making the most of the holidays requires saying no, unplugging from devices and choosing to do and buy less, while giving more time and attention to the people and activities that fill you up.
At Signature Management, we're "people" people, and we value our relationships, first. Making time to listen and connect with our residents and their needs is our priority year round, and during the holidays, we feel especially committed to the people who make up each and every one of our communities.
Here are several tried and true ways to help you detach from the noise this season, so you can get connected to the true spirit of the holidays. Give yourself the space you need, and give your family members your undivided attention this year, and make this holiday season your most rewarding yet!
We know it can be tough having to politely decline invitations, and the pressure to attend every work event and family or church gathering can seem unavoidable. When it comes down to it, no event is worth attending if it runs you dry and depletes your energy. It's okay to say no to social events and activities that just won't serve you in the long run. It's better to momentarily disappoint a few people than it is to completely drain yourself of energy you need to actually breathe in and enjoy this special time of year. When in doubt, just say no.
Unplug, Turn Off and Put Away Devices
We understand that it gets busy at work, you need to stay in touch with the babysitter or that you just like to have your phone or tablets nearby in case of emergency. However, during the holidays, the best thing you can do for yourself and for your loved ones is to put these devices away, and give your total and complete, undivided attention to those who matter to you. You will always have time to catch back up on your social media pages or to respond to text messages or late night emails, but you can't get back time spent with family or friends. Make the choice to unplug and get connected to your people, first.
Rise and Shine
During the holiday season, when you start to find yourself rushing to and fro, give yourself extra time in the morning to just breathe, sit quietly with coffee or tea, and reconnect with yourself, first. You'll bring that grounded energy into your day, and find it easier to make choices, stay centered and be in the present moment if you start your day with yourself.
While you may be busy and in constant motion during the holidays, you may not be making enough time to actually get in exercise that fuels you and helps to relieve stress. Wake up extra early to get in a short run, or skip that after work happy hour in favor of an evening yoga class. Whatever form of movement or exercise brings you joy and calm, choose to make it a priority during this hectic and fast-paced season.
Spend More Time One on One
It may sound easier to gather your family or friends in a big group to celebrate or share time, but whenever possible, choose to carve out one on one time with the ones you love. You'll find more satisfaction in having focused, quiet time with just one person at a time, rather than having to work a room or juggle multiple friends or family members and their dynamics.
Buy Less, Make More
This year, choose to spend less money buying excessive gifts and things for the people in your life, and instead, take time to make small tokens of your appreciation. You can be generous without depleting your bank account, and people generally love a homemade gift over something store bought, anyway. If you're crafty, use your craft skills to make small wreaths, candle holders or other items that inspire you. If you bake or cook, create homemade goodies to give away. Write handwritten notes and cards, draw or paint on small canvases or decorate pine cones or make homemade potpourri. Your loved ones will value these gifts above and beyond anything else you could pick up for them at the store-we guarantee.