Lost your sparkle? Are the holidays making you feel beaten down, stressed out and like climbing the walls all at the same time? If you recognize yourself here, we’ve got news: Christmas is stealing your energy and it needs fixing fast!
Partied Too Hearty?
It’s easy to run out of energy over the holidays. Two COVID Christmasses mean that this one feels bigger and more meaningful than usual for many people. A longer list of social engagements than would normally be sensible, Christmas parties (remember those?), excited kids everywhere, rich food and maybe a few more beers or glasses of wine than you usually drink. All of this ends up being paid for – in energy!
Ha. For a minute there you glanced at the calendar and thought that there were only a handful of shopping days left until Christmas, right?
Oh wait. What?
Yep, Christmas Day is pretty much upon us and that means if you haven’t finished gift shopping yet, then you probably enjoy living on the edge a little. If you haven’t noticed, the bells are jingling; the lights are twinkling and the window for grabbing those fabulous gifts you still haven’t bought yet is closing fast.
But hey. Just because you waited until the last minute to find the perfect presents for everyone on your list does not mean that the quality of your gift-giving has to suffer.
Wondering how you’re going to juggle all those balls, cook all that food and buy all those gifts? Shopped ‘til you dropped? Can’t stand the heat in your own kitchen? Can’t remember the last time you sat down, never mind relaxed?
We’re here for you. Take 5 and read our guide to crushing your Holiday Stress before it crushes YOU.
1. Delegate & Accept Imperfection
Forget about whether someone is going to do things the right way; the way you’d do it, or ever vaguely competently – just hand over whatever jobs or chores you can. No one has ever died from a badly arranged bunch of flowers, or slightly crumpled laundry. …
Sugar is everywhere – particularly during the holidays, beginning with Halloween, through Thanksgiving, and long after Christmas, so it is no surprise that people are not feeling their best or feel simply rotten.
Sugar’s effects are very real and there is a reason for this: sugar is inflammatory. With an excessive intake, the body goes on …
Worried that you’ll never find that elusive, perfect present for your nearest and dearest? Think that it’s too late to find an amazing gift to hand over on the special day?
Take heart: read these stories of last-minute shopping success and get inspired to finish up your holiday shopping in style!
1. “It’s 10 days before Christmas and our twins are 12 weeks old – two little joyful bundles of noise, sleepless nights and gurgling. My wife deserves something special and I want to find something a little more thoughtful than a scented candle. I’m on a budget and running out of time. Finding this beautiful set of a silk pillowcase and silk eyemask was perfect. I’m hoping …
The holiday season is a time of joy and happiness for many. However, the holiday season often brings unwelcome stress and depression. And it’s no surprise as the holidays often involve cooking meals, shopping, baking, decorating, cleaning and entertaining, to name just a few. Additionally, with the coronavirus in your community, you may be feeling that additional stress.…
Holidays are a hectic time, especially if you’re trying to figure out the travel essentials to bring with you. With some smart planning – and our handy checklist – you can enjoy a happy, healthy vacation.
Travel Essentials Checklist for the Holidays
1. First Aid Kit
Whether you’re driving or flying, a first aid kit should be on your travel essentials checklist, especially if you’re planning a bunch of outdoor activities or traveling with children.
You can find small kits pre-assembled with bandages, disinfecting wipes, and other items to patch up minor wounds.
If you’re flying, make sure that your travel kit complies with any restrictions, and ensure that larger tubes and bottles, and any sharp implements are …
The holiday season is an indulgent time of year for many of us, but it IS possible to exercise a little restraint and have a great time!
Throughout the holiday season, you can indulge in those festive favorites without compromising on taste! Once you get into the swing of tweaking what’s on your plate a little, you’ll find that you’re making healthier choices without even thinking about it.
The key to lasting success this holiday season? Being realistic about what healthy choices look like (which include using water ionizers!).
So…go easy on yourself by making these healthy choices for starters:
It would be positively Scrooge-like to suggest that you shouldn’t help yourself to a …
The day of love is almost upon us. Whether you think it’s a cynical ploy to extract whatever disposable income you have left after the Christmas frenzy or the most romantic thing since Romeo scaled a balcony to compare Juliet’s beauty to the sun; you’ll be hard pushed to avoid it.
Go Hearts or Go Home
Manufacturers and stores seemed locked in an unspoken battle to make as many things as possible heart-shaped. If you’re marking the day of romance at home, why not pick up a pair of heart-shaped tuna steaks? They’ll go pretty well with the heart shaped fondant potatoes and heart-shaped chocolate mousse. The message? Go hearts or …