The holiday season is quickly approaching, and the world is trying and demanding more of us. The increased volume of work, shorter deadlines, overcrowded shops, organizing family festivities, handling all sorts of urgent demands...
If you feel overwhelmed, anxious or lacking sleep, it’s time to slow down and set boundaries. You can’t pour from an empty cup. Being myself a mum, entrepreneur, living abroad - far from my family who can’t give me any help - I know well how challenging it can be. But your exhaustion will reflect your mood, lead to poor concentration levels, emotional roller-coasters and a weakened immune system.
Here are some tips on how to handle this hectic period with more serenity:
Ask for help: Are there any tasks you could delegate at work and at home? Take a moment and reflect on who could help you and how. There are always simple tasks we can easily delegate.
Go outside: Take a moment and enjoy the walk outside. It helps you to detach yourself from the busy environment. Walk slowly, look around and notice the beauty of nature.
Practice relaxing breaths: If you feel overwhelmed, stop for a moment and take several deep breaths. Focus your attention on your breath. When you exhale, you can repeat the word ‘’release.’ It will help you to slow down and reconnect with yourself.
Set boundaries: Is your agenda completely overloaded? Gently say no to all unimportant requests. Settling YOUR priorities in this hectic period is a must.
Journal: Journaling is a powerful self-care tool. At the end of the day, take a moment for yourself and put all your thoughts, emotions and ideas on the paper. Let your ideas flow, do not care about the structure or nice writing. Once you finish, notice how you feel.
Reconnect with people who matter to you: Despite the busyness, take a moment to spend time with your loved ones. Play together, sing together, visit the Christmas market together. Remove all the electronic distractions and be fully present with them. Just enjoy the time being together. Do they live far away? Write and send them a handwritten gratitude card.