Whether you like it or not, the holiday season is upon us! I personally love the holidays and truly believe it is the most wonderful time of the year. (Anndddd that’s why my holiday decorations go up November 1st every year.) Call me crazy or call me festive—I’m a proud fanatic of the holidays. Regardless of whether you’re a holiday fanatic or not, this time of year often comes with high expectations, which can lead to unnecessary stress. But if you approach it by setting your intentions and establishing how you want to make the most out of your holiday season, that will help you prioritize the little time you have. To give you some inspiration, I’m outlining 4 easy ways to make the most of the holiday season. Whether you implement some of my ideas or not, I hope you’ll encourage you to take a moment and think about what’s important to you.
Give Back to the Community
Get in the holiday spirit by giving back to your community. There are a ton of ways to spread the spirit of giving no matter your budget or free time allowance. You could even ask your friends and family to volunteer with you or donate to a cause in lieu of gifts. Last year, I gifted a good friend a donation to Wikipedia instead of a physical gift because he is a Wikipedia fantastic. He LOVED the gift and appreciated the thoughtful donation to a cause he cared about over material goods. Here are some more ideas for giving back this holiday season:
- Contribute to a clothing or toy drive or start your own
- Visit a nursing home
- Opt in to showing up monthly to your favorite charity or organization
- Write letters to deployed military members
- Make cookies for people working over the holidays
Be Prepped With Conversation Starters
- What are some of your favorite holiday traditions that you did while growing up?
- Where are the five places you really want to visit on your bucket list?
- What’s the weirdest food you’ve eaten?
- What’s your favorite thing about the area/city/state you live in?
- If you had to stay one age forever, what age would it be?
Try New Recipes & Share Old Favorites
Food is one of my favorite ways to bring people together over the holidays. Finding new holiday recipes to try out can be a fun way to cook up new ideas for your potlucks and parties. Pinterest anyone? At the same time, sharing some of your favorite recipes with friends and family and making meals or baking treats together is a wonderful excuse to get people together. Here are some of my favorite recipes that I’m sharing with you today:
Take Care of Your Mind & Body
With long to-do lists and high stress over the holidays, it’s extra important to fit some self-care into your routine. You spend a lot of time thinking about gifts for others while also scheduling your visits to fit in time with friends and family, leaving little time to breathe. Set aside dedicated time away from your holiday stressors to treat yo’self! How you spend this time is completely dependent on what is important to you, but here are some ideas:
- Fit in a work out over your lunch hour instead of eating at your desk
- Take a long bubble bath
- Practice regular meditation (I highly recommend Headspace as a meditation app—it’s free to download)
- Turn off your phone and email and enjoy a movie or book without disruption