I do love this time of year – it’s a time of festive fun before the big winter chill. Bundling up to go out in the cold is new, and doesn’t feel like a chore yet. You put on your makeup, and you don’t sweat it off in the subway. Flannel is endearing, not a necessity. You day dream about how you can make people glow with little gifts this year. Everyone is happy and carrying red Starbucks cups.
It can also be a hectic time, especially when mixing end-of-year office projects with social obligations. Even now, before Thanksgiving, I’m starting to notice my calendar filling up and my daily routine has been completely thrown out the window.
You can combat the craziness that ensues this time of year by letting go of your connection to your routine and pick up a few comforting rituals that you keep at any time during the week. For example, while I used to get up and run every morning, now I have one spin class that I look forward to each week. Even if my workouts vary because of other commitments, at least I know I will always go to my spin class. OR, if you are used to eating meals at home but are called out of the house by friends and happy hours, choose your favorite meal and make a pact to make it at least once a week (and save leftovers for lunch). Having familiar habits but letting go of the guilt because you aren’t executing them as often as you like can help you chill out just a bit. Oh, and try to have a green smoothie once in a while for a kick of antioxidants.
How do you keep your head during the holidays?