It’s the most wonderful time of the year but also the most stressful. At work it feels like you are scrambling to get things done before everyone goes on vacation and things come to a complete halt until after New Years. On the social front, every person you have ever known is probably throwing a party this month and you really want to go to attend all the parties! You also probably have family and friends in town that you don’t get to regularly see and you want to maximize your time with them as well. It can all be a bit exhausting to juggle.
While it is absolutely wonderful to be busy and social this time of year, self-care is also still incredibly important. When I am busy I know self-care is the first thing I let fall by the wayside and this year I am determined to not let that happen. I want to feel energized and actually enjoy the time I spend with family and friends and that means also taking some time to be myself and recharge. I don’t want to go to bed on New Years exhausted and thankful that the holiday season is over (as I do most years) instead I want to go to bed feeling excited and optimistic about the year ahead.
One of the easiest ways to rewind for a minute is to make a glass of my favorite holiday cold brew (this is not an ad just something I look forward to every afternoon). I absolutely love Califia Farm’s Peppermint Mocha because 1) it is much healthier than the Starbucks, or any other coffee shop’s alternative 2) it is also more economical than buying coffee out 3) I love the convenience of having an indulgent “coffee shop” drink from the comfort of my home. I always pick mine up at Whole Foods, but you can check their website for a store near year that carries the brand. I personally like to mix this cold brew with either hot coffee or a little cold water (depending on the day and my mood lol), I then turn on my Christmas tree, sit on my couch and take a moment to relax. I make a conscious effort to relax my shoulders (Anyone else’s shoulders become more and more scrunched up as the day progresses?), take a few deep breaths (about 5-10 depending upon that day’s stress level), and remember that I am here on earth to have a human experience. I must also remember that my soul loves this life; the chaos, the calm and every moment in between!