Surviving the holidays can be tough! The combination of holiday traffic, spending time with friends and family, eating great tasting yet high-fat foods can wreak havoc on the mind, body and spirit. So for those looking to enjoy the most out of the holiday season check out this Holiday Survival Guide.
The purpose of this survival guide is to provide a complete guide you can use to calm the mind, soothe the spirit and keep the body feeling powerful and energetic during the holiday season.
Calming the Mind
- Keep a pocket date book: A pocket date book will help you to keep everything together during the hectic holiday season. Simply write down what you need to bring so you don’t have to worry about forgetting something and it will help you keep track of your “must do’s”. To quote Mark Twain, “The dullest pencil is better than the sharpest memory”
- A Party Popper: These are inexpensive party poppers that “Pop” when you pull the string. They are great to create an instant celebration. “Pop” them when your favorite team scores or to lighten the mood during an intense family political conversation.
- Bag of Marbles: An old wives tale says people should carry a bag of marbles with them during the holidays. The reason is if you “lose their marbles” you’ll have a few extra. I know its corny, but it will make you laugh when you feel like you’re going crazy.
- Extra Wrapping Tape: Why does it always seem wrapping tape magically disappears when you need it the most? Buy extra tape and keep it in your closet and make sure to take some with you while you are traveling. Tuck an extra roll in your suitcase and even in the glove box of your car. You’ll be a hero if you pull out an extra roll of wrapping tape during last minute gift wrapping when you’re a guest.
- A Single Penny: This way the holidays won’t leave you penniless. Yes, another corny idea, but it is fun and it works. When you start to worry about how much the holidays are costing you while you’re traveling, buying food and gifts, you can’t say “the holidays are leaving you penniless.” You’ll always have a penny.
Soothing the Spirit
- Relaxing Music: Enjoy relaxing music while driving in hectic holiday traffic or wrapping gifts.
- Carry Magazines: Buy several of those gossip magazines you find at the checkout aisle of your local grocery store. They make for great conversation starters and can help to change the focus of the any stressful conversation to a lighter and non-important subject.
- Religious Symbol: Carry your favorite religious symbol and reconnect with your Creator.
- Go into the Silence: Find a quiet place for several minutes and mediate.
- Go for a Walk: You’ll enjoy fresh air, a change of environment and you’ll have time to clear your head and think. During this alone time, express gratitude for all of the blessings in your life.
- Bring a Candle. Carry a non-scented candle and ask your host if you can light it. The magic of the flame has the power relax an entire room full of friends and family.
Keeping the Body Feeling Powerful and Energetic:
- Antacid: No matter how much you try, experiencing heart burn or an acid stomach may be unavoidable. So rather than feeling the discomfort, simply keep a bottle of antacid with you. It may also make you a hero if you offer it to others, too.
- Chewing Gum: Fresh breath never goes out of season. Freely sharing chewing gum or peppermint candy is a great way to “make friends and influence people.”
- Aspirin: Keep some aspirin to help with headaches if you enjoy too many festive beverages or need to recover from intense conversations with family and friends.
- Tootsie Rolls and Starbursts: These are low-calories ways to satisfy your sweet-tooth if you don’t want to indulge in an additional piece of pumpkin pie.
- Tea: Enjoying a relaxing cup of warm of tea helps any time of the year.
Wishing you the best during this holiday season and enjoy time relaxing your mind, body and spirit so you’ll be recharged and ready to take on the world in the coming New Year. Also, if you’re looking for unique gift ideas for the holiday that are all-natural, gluten-free and great tasting check out my website at www.TraverseBayFarms.com