Finding time to relax during the holidays is undoubtedly difficult, which is a major contributor in why can feel as though the time goes by in an instant. As someone who becomes extremely anxious without a well thought out plan, I do all that I can ahead of time to ensure that meals, gift exchanges, and entertaining will be a breeze.
BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS
The number one way to relax during the holidays is to prepare as far in advance as you can.
Since my husband, Arnie, and I always travel for the holidays, we’ve learned to plan out all of the logistics before leaving our home–otherwise, we’ll be a few hours away without something we need. These are some of the things I’ve found that help.
- Make your meal plan and grocery list a week before.
- Prepare (i.e. chop, measure and assemble) as much of your dishes ahead as you can.
- Make a packing list (check out my free one here!) so that you don’t forget anything.
- Invest in a collapsible picnic basket for transporting food (we use these all the time!).
DURING THE HOLIDAYS
Usually during the holidays, there’s morning and evening at home, and everything in between is a blur. For this reason, it’ll help you to savor your time if you wake up early, so that you’re not rushing to get out the door or to the next visiting spot. Here are some of the ways you can relax in the mornings before the days get underway.
- Set up a pot of coffee so that it’s ready in the morning.
- Purchase some fresh bagels, fruit and yogurt for breakfast so that you don’t have to spend time in the kitchen away from family.
- Set up a holiday playlist to enjoy as everyone is waking up and chatting over breakfast.
- Write in a gratitude journal. The quiet time in the morning is perfect to reflect and, more importantly, disconnect from electronics. Take five minutes to appreciate the days before. You’ll be amazed at how much this simple meditation helps to put your mind in a positive place.