By Lindsay Butler
December 18, 2023 0 Comments

Making the Most of the Holidays- Tips from Our Team 

As we dive headfirst into the holiday hustle and bustle, we would like to share some tried-and-true tips from our therapists to help you not just survive but thrive during this festive season. Let’s talk about how to take care of yourself – body, mind, and soul – because you deserve to enjoy the holidays!

1. Meaningful Activities Over Everything: Choose activities that truly matter to you. Whether it’s decorating cookies, watching holiday movies, or taking a peaceful winter walk, focus on what brings you joy and fulfillment. Ask yourself: what do I value around the holidays? What’s important to me? To my family?

2. Prioritize Like a Pro: Not everything on your list is a top priority. Identify the must-dos and the nice-to-dos. Focus on the essentials first, and if time allows, dive into the extras. Writing down your to-do list can be helpful.

3. Plan, Plan, Plan: Planning is your secret weapon. Whether it’s meals, gatherings, or shopping trips, having a plan reduces stress. Plus, it frees up mental space for the good stuff – whatever that might be for you.

4. Pacing is the Name of the Game: The holidays can be like a marathon sprint, but it’s crucial to pace yourself. Break down your to-do list into manageable chunks, allowing yourself to tackle one thing at a time without feeling overwhelmed.

5. Take a Break: In the holiday chaos, taking breaks often gets sidelined. Don’t let it! Stepping away, even for a few minutes, rejuvenates your body and mind. Consider it your holiday self-care routine.

6. Meet Basic Needs: Nutrition, Exercise, and Sleep: Amid the festivities, don’t neglect the basics. Fuel your body with nutritious meals, squeeze in some movement to keep those endorphins flowing, and make sure you catch enough Zs. Your body and mind will thank you.

7. Manage Outside Expectations: This one’s a game-changer. Set realistic expectations for yourself and communicate openly with others about what you can handle. It’s perfectly okay…actually, essential…. to say ‘no’ when needed.

8. Mindfulness in the Moment: Amid the hustle and bustle of the holidays, pause to practice mindfulness. Whether it’s through deep breathing, relaxation exercises, or a moment of quiet reflection, grounding yourself in the present can help manage stress and bring a sense of calm to your festive season.

I want to take a moment to recognize that, for some, the holidays can bring unique challenges and emotions. Whether it’s the absence of a loved one, financial pressures, or feelings of loneliness, it’s important to acknowledge that not everyone experiences this time with cheer. If you find the holidays tough, remember that it’s okay to feel the way you do, and seeking support can make a significant difference. Wishing you strength and the space to navigate this season in a way that feels right for you.

There you have it – your survival guide to navigating the holidays. Remember, it’s okay to put yourself first and prioritize your well-being. From your team of occupational therapists and kinesiologists at Symmetry, our mission is to see you not just get through the holidays but to savour every moment and emerge on the other side fulfilled and ready for the new year. Wishing you a season filled with balance, meaningful moments, and a sprinkle of holiday magic!

Blogpost written by
Lindsay Butler, BA, Reg. OT (BC)