Home (and Balanced) For the Holidays
‘Tis the season for finding (or, trying to find) balance during the Holidays. This time of year not only brings cheer, gifts, and family, but it also brings busier, and busier schedules. With shopping, cooking, relatives visiting, and holiday travel, there is so much to juggle on top of our daily responsibilities of work, life, and family. SO, it’s understandable that one of the first things to fall by the wayside during the hustle and bustle is our health and wellness routine. Finding time to eat right and fit in exercise is challenging under the best of circumstances, and when you factor in the holidays – it can sometimes feel impossible – but fear not :). Over the years I’ve found that, as with many things through trial and error, remembering to slow down and take time for your self-care is the most important tool you have to create a truly blissful holiday season. Below are some of my tried-and-true tips for staying grounded, open-hearted, and full of cheer.
During the holiday season, life can feel and arguably is, more demanding than any other time of the year. “Doing it all” isn’t always realistic! Rather than aspiring to perfection, aspire to prioritize – and know that doing less is truly more – keeping in mind that your health and happiness are the only non-negotiables:
- Self-care: It can be your favorite fitness classes, evening baths, scented candles, cooking with your loved ones, etc. Whatever they are, write them down, acknowledge them, and then schedule them into your calendar. Treat them like gold!
- Delegate: This is hard for many, but by doing so, you will free up more time for you to tackle your self-care list – which is your #1 goal.
- Celebrate: Engage in joyous events that will make you smile. Research them, buy tickets, organize times, and maybe invite friends. Show up with the only intention of celebrating!
Another way I reduce pressure on my own holiday to-do list is prepping my meals for the week ahead on Sunday afternoon or evening. It helps ensure my husband (and Fawen co-founder), Fabio, and I stay on track with healthy eating during the week, but also saves us a lot of time cooking meals on weeknights, so we can spend that time together and/or tackling our other holiday to-dos. One of our favorite go-to recipes is overnight oats. Below is a recipe that uses Fawen for an extra serving of organic veggies.
Fawen Overnight Oats:
Makes: 1 serving. Instructions: Add all ingredients to a jar, seal the lid, shake well, store in refrigerator overnight:
- ½ cup Fawen Sweet Potato & Red Lentil with Cinnamon soup
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 pinch Himalayan pink salt
- Optional: 1 tsp – 1 tbsp maple syrup
Get Your OM On.
The holiday shuffle takes a toll on our bodies and minds. One of my favorite ways to reground and reset is making the time for my yoga or meditation practice. Some days, I can practice for an hour and a half, and other days I practice for just 10 minutes. Since the holidays are also the perfect time to take note of what we are grateful for, which in one simple and direct way to feed our SOULS. If you have just a few minutes, here is a short guided meditation that can help combat some of the most common ailments experienced during the holidays like irregularity, stress headaches, and anxiety. And remember, your yoga or meditation practice doesn’t need to be restricted to a studio or a yoga mat – you can follow this meditation anywhere from your home to your office to the airport to even in a cab – basically anywhere your holiday travels take you:
- Find a place where you can sit down close your eyes for 5-10 minutes. Once you are there, find a comfortable seat.
- Take 3 initial deep breaths, and know that it’s okay to let your mind wander a bit initially. Then start to hone in on one thing that you are grateful for in your life right now. It can be anything from your new daily planner, your loyal pet, a smile you received from a stranger, a stronger weight you lifted, or a moment of challenge that you are working on for personal growth.
- Notice the first thing that comes to your mind and accept that as the focus for this practice. Hold it in your mind and notice how it feels to be grateful for that thing. Let that feeling travel from your mind to your heart and take in 10-15 slow breaths (count to 3 slowly to inhale and exhale) to really let that feeling permeate your being.
The gift of wellness is one that is priceless! Wishing you a healthy holiday season.