Are you in a holiday slump?
There is so much pressure this time of year to feel nothing but happiness & cheer. The truth is, many of us are so busy handling our day-to-day tasks and getting ready for the holidays, that we start to neglect ourselves. Before we know it, it’s January 1st, and we’re struggling to get back on track.
Don’t let yourself get swept up in this downhill spiral. There are just a few simple steps you can take each day to make sure you don’t get lost in the shuffle this holiday season. *DO* try these at home:
1) Only Wear Clothes You Love: We know it’s tempting to pull on sweatpants and an oversized hoodie to run holiday errands, but taking a few minutes to choose an outfit that makes you feel good will have a big impact on how you feel throughout the day. This doesn’t mean you should aim for the dolled-up, fancy look (although that can be fun, too!); shoot for silhouettes that complement your body type and make you feel like a million bucks. Many dresses are stylish and comfy, too! Add your favorite pair of Bandelettes and skip the pantyhose. You’ll feel sexy, confident, and ready to take on the day… guaranteed!
2) Incorporate Movement into Your Day: You’ve probably heard it a dozen times, but working out will make you feel better in every way. Just getting your heart rate up – even if it’s for a short period of time – will give you an endorphin boost that will last for hours. Find an activity you enjoy, and go for it! Fitting a short workout into your day will also make you feel in control, because you’ll have some routine built into this busy season. Aim for the same time daily, but allow for flexibility. Any workout, anytime is better than none.
3) Do Something Just For You Every Day: This is an important step in everyone’s daily life that often gets moved to the back burner… especially this time of year. If you take the time to do something you love on a regular basis – whether it’s taking a bubble bath, reading a chapter of a book, or having a phone date with a friend – you’ll feel more grounded, which is good for your overall health. If you take care of you first, you’ll be in a better position to tend to everything else that needs done. Self-care is not selfish; it’s essential.
4) Make Plans: Even if you are taking the holidays in stride, many people get hit with the post-holiday blues after the gifts have been opened and the family has gone home. Plan a weekend getaway or a day out with friends in January. This will give you something to look forward to that is not holiday-related.
5) Give & You Shall Receive: Feeling good about yourself often starts with making others feel great, too. Adopt a family over the holidays, bake cookies for neighbors, or send holiday cards to people you haven’t seen in a while. Giving always feels good.
What do you do to stress less and feel good over the holidays? We’d love to know!
Wishing our Bandelette customer family happy, healthy holidays!