The time is upon us, the parties, the dinners, the drinking, the end of year performances, the kids on holidays and hopefully some time off work (if you are lucky!) So how to survive while the world is pulling you from pillar to post and everyone wants a piece of you? Check out a few of my fav suggestions below:
1. SAY NO
Forget about FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) there is really some beauty in saying no. But it isn’t always easy. Even more so when your Mum/hubby/friend you haven’t seen for 10 years/friend you only saw yesterday NEEDS you to do/be/have/find/cook something. You don’t want to be a bitch and you don’t want to miss out, so you say yes. Then you end up being the bitch from hell because you have no time to do/be/have/find/cook what it is you need to do. So what to do? If it isn’t a hell yes, it should be a no. This applies even more so to events. If you are going to be running around like a crazy person will you enjoy your holiday? Possibly, but it’s time to prioritise. Where do you want to be? Again if it isn’t a hell yes, it should be a no. You will thank yourself, I promise.
2. TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF
This one kinda fits with the above doesn’t it! Finding time for Yourself is such an important thing to do when the silly season hits. Even if it is just 5 minutes, a cuppa with a friend, a cuddle on the couch with your babe, something that makes your heart sing is what you are looking to do! A good book, a swim in the ocean, a massage, so many amazing options! I just know you have something in mind that can fill this space, and it is OK if it is filled with absolutely nothing!
3. START YOUR MORNING RIGHT
Now your health coach might say “start with a run” but babe, you are on holidays! So by all means if a run first thing floats your boat go right ahead. It is about starting your day in a way that makes you happy. So no matter how crazy the day may get, you are ready to take it on! A healthy breakfast (or an indulgent one with someone you love for that matter), a morning ritual, yoga, a green juice, a coffee, watching the sun come up over the ocean is so important. If you can manage a sleep in, with the rain on the roof, that works too!
4. GIVE PRESENCE
I watched this video this morning (it is only 3 mins, go on, you know you want to) it reminded me of the importance of being really present with the people we love or even the people we don’t. If you are chatting, pop your phone down, ignore your email (if you are really brave you could even turn it off) Create some memories! Capture them in your memory and not your Instagram. Spend some time together, eat good food, drink nice wine and laugh until your belly hurts. BE with people. Your presence is the best present you can give. Well I think so anyway! Don’t get me wrong, nothing wrong with giving and receiving a gorgeous gift (I love doing both), but when you do, be present, pay attention and soak it all in.
The New Year is always a great time for reflection and contemplation on how we want to move forward into the next year, so grab a journal, a voice recorder or even your keyboard and create a little Gratitude & Lesson list for the year. (I may even provide you with a few journal prompts in the next few weeks! Watch this space) See the beauty in the year that has passed and be ready to welcome in the new with open arms.
Here is to a crazy silly season filled with love, laughter and happiness. Do you have any amazing tips we should all know about to survive this time of year? Let me know in the comments below.
Much love, em x