How to Make the Most of the Holiday Season
Presents, heart-felt cards, parties… the list goes on with how we are meant to spend our holidays. But, are these things really the things that spark our thirst and enthusiasm for life, or are they just tasks to check off a Christmas to-do list? For some, they can be something to look forward to for the whole year, however, for a number of us, these activities aren’t really what we are about, and can cause more stress than enjoyment of the holiday season. The holidays may even begin to feel more like a chore than a break from work and a time to re-calibrate.
So, how do we enjoy our time off without feeling even more burnt out as we wrap up the year?
Amidst all the little tasks that must be done, there are a number of things that we can keep in mind when planning and enjoying our holiday season.
What would you like to get out of the festive season?
Firstly, disregarding what we might feel that we are expected to do during the holidays, it can be helpful to figure out what we ourselves would like to get out of the festive season. Is it spending time with those you love, or catching up with those you haven't seen in a while? Is it the act of giving presents, or writing cards to let them know you appreciate them? Or, is it hosting a gathering so that people have an event to look forward to? Clearing this up with yourself can give a new meaningful purpose to the holidays, and can help you to prioritise what to focus your energy on. This way, we can spend our holidays in a way that is aligned to our values, and allocate more time to touch base with ourselves, and less time faffing about with the little details.
New Year Reflections
Another common trend of the end of the year is creating New Years Resolutions. While creating new goals can be an exciting and motivating activity that signals the start of a new healthy habit, it may also create some pressure and extra stress. Instead of shoving new expectations on ourselves so soon, perhaps we could take some time to reflect upon the highs and lows of the year that is about to pass. This is a more gentle approach to assessing what works and doesn't work for us. It can help us to mindfully assess our values, and also provides an opportunity to remember all the good times that the year has given us.
Perhaps most importantly, however, is to let ourselves catch up on some rest! It's that time of the year where we and everyone we know seem to somehow work "wow, the year has just absolutely flown by!" into conversation. We might've started a new job this year, moved house, or experienced some other massive shift in our lives that might've made this year whiz by - but take this time off to catch up with yourself. Before we rush into a new year with new goals and new circumstances, a little bit of rest, relaxation and recovery will go a long way.
Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from us at the Inner Collective.