We may not see eye-to-eye on candy corn, but we can all agree that there’s nothing like the holidays. Decorations are bright and cheerful. The temps are colder, calling for soft layers and cozy blankets. You get to see your loved ones again and eat your favorite foods together. Everything just feels warm and fuzzy from October through the end of the year.
On the other hand, we know how challenging this time of year can be. Preparing for holiday dinners and gift-giving, coordinating travel plans, and dealing with an influx of family members (we all have that one aunt), can sometimes leave us feeling winded and overwhelmed, even during *cue song* the most wonderful time of the year.
At Malu, we believe that wellness is a way of life, not just a goal. With the colder months approaching, we’re listing our favorite tips to keep you grounded and at peace during this year’s holiday season. And while we’re at it—stay tuned for our holiday gift guide to help you stay calm and collected all season long.
Tip 1: Brace yourself.
We know it’s coming and yet every year it seems to catch us by surprise—the mad rush, the multiple trips to the market, the delayed packages, the last-minute reservations, the missing pie dish. The holidays can get overwhelming, but a little preparation can go a long way in helping you stay grounded.
Plan ahead this year. Make lists. Itemize everything you can anticipate—what you’ll need, logistics to be coordinated, meal plans, inventory, recipes, travel times, etc. Set weekly goals leading up to the celebrations and events, so that you can pace yourself. Starting your preparations in advance might feel like overkill but it gives you the opportunity to get ahead of the bustle. This will allow you to make plans with intention and not out of necessity or demand.
Tip 2: Don’t do it alone.
This year, harness the power of community. Ask for help in areas that might be more challenging (like coordinating travel for that one aunt). Delegate—or outsource— the tasks that bring you the least joy. Ask someone you trust to check in on you if that’s something you struggle to remember to do when you’re busy. If you’re planning to host this year, be specific about what you want people to bring—you’d be surprised how much of a relief that can be to both sides!
These small steps can have a massive impact on your peace and wellbeing during a time when it’s easy to get caught up.
Tip 3: Fill your cup, too.
With the influx of gatherings, especially in the wake of all the lockdowns, even the smallest exchanges can feel overwhelming at times. This is totally normal; studies have shown that social batteries deplete and recharge differently for everyone (not just introverts).
While the holiday season may be about the joy of giving and sharing with those we love, it is important to include ourselves there, too. Whether you are hosting this year’s festivities or will be on duty as the family referee, you also deserve to experience the magic of the season.
In making this year’s plans, carve out some time for yourself, even if just for a few minutes. It might be waking up early for some yoga or quiet meditation in the mornings, or brewing a delicious Malu pour over before the kitchen gets crowded. It doesn’t have to be complicated.
As we always say: me time, always. Even during the holidays.