Pace Yourself This Holiday Season: Tips for Going the Distance

1) Get adequate sleep.

We hear it over and over again, but sleep really is the most basic of all the building blocks for mental and physical wellbeing. So many of us are moving through the world in a chronically sleep-deprived state which affects everything from cognitive ability, to weight gain, to social/emotional intelligence and mood.

2) Detach from screens.

You may laugh out loud reading this tip, but the more you can live in the moment and away from a screen, the better! There is no question that screen time can leech away feelings of wellbeing — especially when guilt starts creeping in because it’s keeping you up too late, or taking time away from your family.

3) Be open to receiving as well as giving.

Tis the season to want to give and give, and then give some more, however, if we’re only open to giving rather than receiving, it can actually serve to block the flow of abundance into our lives, according to Amanda Owen, author of The Power of Receiving.

4) Know your “no.”

And don’t be afraid to use it.

5. Let go of “perfect!”

Juggling the demands of work, family, and all of the decorating, shopping, socializing, donating, baking, gift-wrapping, card-sending, and all around merry-making that the holidays bring…can drive a person to be very UN-merry…and even more so if you have perfectionist tendencies.

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