Goodbye, Hectic Holidays

by O2Living Editorial Team @o2living
posted on November 20th 2012
Goodbye, Hectic Holidays

While the holiday season should be filled with joy and relaxation, many of us spend time stressing about creating the perfect meal, the perfect family gathering or the perfect gift. It’s a vicious cycle. But if we eliminate stress, we eliminate the time wasted on stress and increase our time spent with friends and family.

This year, enjoy a stress-free holiday. Focus on creating a healthy you by following these effective tips:

Plan ahead

Time management is crucial during the holiday season. The more organized you are, the more time and money you’ll save. Last minute plans always create more stress. Create a to-do list and set a specific deadline for each task.

Ask for help

You can probably do it alone, but it becomes very hard when it involves wrapping paper, credit card receipts and mounds of dirty dishes. It’s okay to ask for help from a family member or friend, even if it’s the smallest favor. Having some company with you during your third visit to the shopping mall will even relieve some stress!

Take time off

You’ll need to take holiday time-outs, and it's crucial to have time to relax. In order to keep sane, ensure you take a few hours each week devoted to your wellness. To make it simple, make the first thing on your to-do list a trip our organic spa. At o2living’s Holistic Wellness Center, you can enjoy a soothing massage and facial. You’ll feel revived within hours. What about giving this gift to a friend? We have gift certificates for easy hostess, family or friend gifts. 

Unleash your creativity

The holiday season allows us to embrace traditions we’ve carried on for years, but we’re allowed to spice things up. If you’re worried about buying over 20 gifts for family members, try suggesting a Secret Santa gift trade. If you’re stressed about cooking for over 50 family members, suggest a potluck. These changes can help reduce stress and make holidays more fun!

Ultimately, we need to take care of ourselves before we can take care of others, and this is especially true during the holidays. Don't forget about YOU this year, and keep your eye on the important part of the holidays: spending time with loved ones.

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