Holiday shopping, parties, family gatherings, baking, eating, drinking, hosting...exhausting. Just making the shopping list stresses me out. To offset the holiday craziness, I have been practicing taking pleasure and happiness in the simple, little things in life. And, as I know so many of you may be feeling the inevitable holiday stress, I wanted to share five teeny, easy ways to keep your sanity during this holiday season.
1. Plant a Garden
Yes, yes I know it's cold and snowy and icky out. But, I am talking about bringing some happy green stuff indoors. I love cute, delicate succulents and have been wanting to get some in our updated bathroom. So, with literally 30 minutes of time and $20, I created the cute planter you see in the picture. Every time I walk into our bathroom I feel happy and peaceful with this simple ode to the outdoors.
2. Take a Moment
Seriously. this sounds so easy but it can be really hard to stop and take some time to just sit and be still. Last Sunday, I cuddled up under a fuzzy blanket, slipped on my warmest slippers, popped open a can of La Croix and just sat on the couch (no TV, no music...just quiet). I was probably only there for about 10 minutes but it was truly therapeutic. I organized the thoughts running through my mind, I prioritized my To Do list and I felt a little more grounded and more appreciative of the season.
3. Treat Yourself
So, I was at Walgreens and happened upon these really cool "breathable" nail polishes. You don't need a base coat or top coat and they are supposed to be really good for your nails. Yay! It's the simple things, right? I get excited about buying a new nail polish and I feel happy doing my nails. During a season where you are worring about doing so much for other people, you should remember the most important person in your life...YOU!
Don't roll your eyes...I know what you are thinking. "How am I supposed to fit a workout in amongst the shopping, hosting, partying, eating, drinking, etc." You don't need an hour or even 30 minutes to get a good workout in, you can treat your body with a short, intense workout like this one designed by The Ash Fitness http://theashfitness.com/total-body-fitness-training-accountability/take-a-10-minute-recess/. Ashley DePaulis calls this a 10-minute recess and you will have more energy, more clarity and more endorphins pumping through your body, which = more happiness.
5. Do Good
There are plenty of opportunities to do some good this holiday season, right? Donate those warm coats that have been outgrown, adopt a family, find a local charity where you can donate an item or a little of your time. Putting some of your good juju in the world will ignite more light in your heart. One thing my family likes to do is to create these little care packages we keep in our car and hand out to the homeless when we are driving. Doing a little good can help us remember to appreciate the truly important things in life.
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