Monday, December 12, 2011

Pre-Holiday Survival Guide - 5 things to do FOR YOU!

I learned how to maximize my festive time after the year I was laid up after back surgery and I had to get super creative and organized. I had to ensure that I rested and stayed positive (so it was great having friends pop by with cookies and wine - not to be taken with back medication I should point out!) I've never forgotten how much I enjoyed that Christmas because I made a lot of time for me and kept the holidays manageable. Here are my top 5 tips for making sure you actually have time and energy to enjoy what should be a magical time of year.

1. Gratitude Journal - Keep a little notebook by your bed and write down one thing you're grateful for at the end of each day. You'll be amazed how this final act of the day will help you sleep better and make for a happier mood each morning.

2. Say NO! This is the key to a happy holidays. You can't attend every single event and party so you have to learn that it's OK to say no. This fab article shows you how to make NO part of your vocabulary. 

3. Bubble Bath - It's such a simple pleasure but we don't do it enough. Don't worry about shampooing your hair and shaving your legs, this is a bubble bath for your body and soul. Take a glass of wine with you and light a couple of candles - heaven. (For a fizzy bath try this amazing treatment from Rocky Mountain Soap Company)

4. Deep Breaths - I am not someone who can successfully meditate (during the relaxation part at the end of yoga I always think about what I'm going to eat for dinner) but I make time every day to close my eyes, relax my shoulders and take 10 very deep and deliberate breaths. It does good stuff, trust me!

5. Tea Cups - If you're a tea fan then you'll know that there is a peace in the process of making a perfect cup of tea. Treat yourself to a china teacup (you can find them for a bargain price at thrift stores) and enjoy 10 minutes of tea perfection! It calms you down, it's great for your heart and makes you feel like Audrey Hepburn!

I hope you can all find some time in the next couple of weeks to recharge your mind, body and soul. You all deserve a happy and peaceful holiday season. xx

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