Holidays are a wonderful time of the year and for some reason, we can make it a nightmare for ourselves very easily.
The pressure to do everything on time, to top everyone's expectations and not to gain too much weight after all those fests is real.
The holidays can be a beautiful relaxing time if you just keep taking care of yourself along the way. Don't try to be a saint for these two weeks of the years just be yourself that is enough.
Remember the holiday are a time for you to unwind, enjoy time spent with your loved ones and be grateful.
What can you do more specifically to ensure your holidays are smooth and delightful?
#1- Keep time for yourself
I know when we think of the holiday, we think family gatherings and big dinners. But everyone still needs time for themselves to refocus on what's important for them. Take a nap, read a book or meditate.
Keep your mind clear of all anxiety and stress. Spending only 15 minutes alone is enough to give you a second wind during an overcharged day of slay-ride and gift wrapping.
#2- Look after your physical health
The holidays are disrupting our everyday routine. Because of that, a lot of people just stop everything and start waking up late, eating whatever is serve to them and make up excuses for staying out of the gym.
That is probably the worst thing you can do to yourself. Try to stick to your usual routine as much as you can. Your body needs it.
It is proven that exercises help decrease stress and anxiety. It should be the last thing you take out of your schedule and only if you really can't move things around another way.
Make sure you have enough sleep is also very important.
Lastly, try as much as you can to keep healthy eating habits. I am not saying to deprive yourself of eating. It is still the holidays just don't go crazy on the sugar and stop eating when you are full.
There will be offers flying in from everywhere; dinners, parties, lunches, brunches, outdoors sportive activities, shopping afternoon, etc.
You must be able to say no.
Allow yourself to pick who you really want to spend time with and choose activities that fit your interests and your schedule.
Don't spend the whole holiday in the same place with the same people. That would drive you mad.
You don't have to feel bad about saying no.
People will understand you are busy, it is the holidays after all.
#4- Have realistic expectations of yourself and others
Around this time of the year, everybody is running against the clock to get everything done on time.
Be confident that you will achieve everything you "need" to achieve on time.
Don't pressure yourself or others for that matter.
Focused on being grateful for all the holiday season can create and the people you will have the pleasure to catch up with. Don't be disappointed because one of your cousins couldn't make it, because of work.
Always focus on the positive side.
Finally having low to no expectation is the best way to be pleasantly surprised.
#5- Soothing tunes
Listening to a good old Christmas carol is a nice way to put ourselves in the holiday spirit.
But it can also help with maintaining a happy blissful state of mind.
Listening to cheerful and soothing tunes can reinforce your good mood, gratitude, energy, focus motivation and inspiration.
Some music has been specially composed for that by Dr. Amen a specialist of the brain.
#6- Try CBD
Cannabidiol s a molecule found in the Cannabis plant. This compound won't get you high.
In general CBD derivatives are extracted from the Hemp plant (variety of cannabis).
Hemp contains less than 0.3% of THC (the compound that gets you high).
As a comparison, the kind of Cannabis used for its psychoactive side effects usually contains around 35-45% of THC.
CBD (Cannabidiol) has wonderful anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory properties.
If you are not already using a CBD derivative. The holidays are a great time to add this powerful ally to your routine.
CBD works in synergy with our Endocannabinoid system which interacts largely throughout our immune system.
CBD targets where an imbalanced is occurring in our body and signals our Endocannabinoids system to bring back our state of homeostasis.
With CBD most people feel more relax and they also report worrying a lot less.
Gummies, oils, creams even bath bombs are now on the market for you to discover the real reason to be grateful for the upcoming federal Cannabis legalization.
This year give yourself a chance during the holidays, try CBD.
In the end, try to keep putting yourself as a priority during the holidays and you should be fine. Take time for yourself and listen to your gut.
Remember the holidays are a time for happiness, joy, and blissfulness, not chaos, stress, and disappointment.
Have a wonderful Christmas time and a happy new year.
**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration and are in no way intended to treat or diagnose any physical ailment or disease. Please consult your Doctor before adding CBD or any supplement to your diet. Most workplace and competitive sports drug screens focus on delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and do not screen for Cannabinol (CBD) or other legal and natural hemp-based compounds. Be advised, studies have shown that consuming hemp foods or oils can cause a positive result when screening urine and blood specimens. Therefore, if you are subject to any form of drug testing or screening. We recommended (as does the United States Armed Services) that you DO-NOT ingest CBD or hemp oil before consulting your healthcare practitioner or your drug screening testing company or employer.