Happy Friday (Thursday evening depending on when you are reading this!)! This week’s theme is one I love talking about: ways to stay healthy over the holidays. I thought I’d flip it a bit and focus on five ways to destress during the holidays. For a variety of reasons, the holidays can be an extremely stressful time for folks. I hope these tips are helpful as the season rapidly approaches. As for my weekend plans, you probably know that I’m running the Richmond Half Marathon on Saturday (check out my goals and tips here) and I’m so excited for a fun, low-pressure weekend of running! Per usual, I’m linking up with my girls Cynthia and Mar for the #Friday Five. You can read our linkup rules here. Please note that if you don’t play nicely, we will delete your link. Go give Cynthia some love for rocking her last Triathlon of the season last weekend in crazy hot temps! That lady is amazing! As for Mar, go check out her goals check in post – it’ll resonate with you, I promise. My friends are great! Hope everyone has a great weekend!
- Go shopping. I know, shopping IS stressful, right? Wrong. Not if you go online. Come back here in a week for an awesome online shopping holiday gift guide to help you out! My main suggestion with this one is start early and start online. Shopping on December 23rd at 10pm IS stressful. Shopping at 12:30pm during your lunch break online on November 20th is fun. Stress versus fun, y’all.
- Get moving. There are so many fitness challenges during the holidays you can literally take your pick. There are also a ton of fun runs, themed holiday runs and the like. I always run a turkey trot each year and it’s worth it just to see the costumes.
- Take advantage of the season’s produce. We just joined a CSA and it is awesome. We get delicious and fresh veggies every week that I then use in our meals. I love it and fall is really such a great time for so many vegetables – try shopping what is in season!
- Go see a movie. If only to get the two hours of quiet time. With all the new cozy theaters with reclining seats, I am ALL about this strategy!
- Remember the reason for the season. When I get really stressed, I like to just pause and ask myself why I’m doing [whatever it is that I’m doing]. Thanksgiving is not about the perfect meal and Christmas is not about gifts. Remembering that helps me put the joy back in this wondrous season. Removing the focus from consumerism and putting it back on Jesus really helps me get in the right space for the holidays. A little Christmas music doesn’t hurt, either. And yes, I will be playing Christmas music in our house from Thanksgiving Day onward! 🙂
How do you destress during the holidays?