The holidays are just around the corner. It's a wonderful time of year to enjoy good food with loved ones. But if you're in charge of the big family gathering this year, the commotion can be a little stressful. Here are our top five tips to destress, sit back and enjoy dinner:
1. Start every morning with "me" time.
No matter what responsibilities you may have during the holidays, you deserve some quiet time. Designate a portion of each morning where you aren't pulled in four different directions. You'd be hard pressed to find any task that can't wait 15 minutes while you collect yourself and prepare for the day to come. During this time, center yourself. Breathe in and out. You'll find that starting the day in the right state of mind will help you get through any hiccups that may arise.
2. Make a list.
Santa does it, so why shouldn't you? Whether you use pen and paper or the notes app on your phone, a to-do list will help you keep track of all the little tasks. Writing it down will save you from that nagging feeling you're constantly forgetting something. Plus, you'll be grateful for the lists when you only have to make one trip to the grocery store.
It can be hard to give up the stuffing you've made every Thanksgiving for 10 years. But this is the year to delegate some things on your list to others. Lightening your load will relieve the pressure that the success of dinner relies solely on you. So, next time your cousin offers to bring mashed potatoes, say yes! You'll be amazed how great foods can taste when you're not the only one in the kitchen!
4. Remember to self-care.
When we get really busy, it is easy to forget to take care of ourselves. Taking care of your body will help ease your mind of stress. So, go for a run if that is something you enjoy. Take a long bubble bath to relieve your muscles after being on your feet all day. Moisturize with aloe to soothe your skin. Corium 21 cream uses the strongest type of aloe in the world, Barbadensis Miller. Its six antiseptic agents can help fight infection, along with three anti-inflammatory agents and three analgesics that reduce pain and itching.
5. Surround yourself with people you enjoy.
The holiday season brings numerous social engagements. Instead of trying to go to every one, even when they conflict, pick and choose the dinners and Christmas parties you truly want to attend. You'll have more ufn and be more at ease throughout the season.