In this season of seemingly unending lists – to-do lists and wish lists, shopping lists and chore lists – it is very easy to get overwhelmed.
While we appreciate utilizing lists to help stay organized, we think you could pare down your lists to just two. Name one list your “to-do” list and name the other your “want-to” list.
Checking it Twice
Write down your “to-do” list. Now, check it twice. Cross off anything that isn’t a necessity. How do you do that? Simply think about the chore and whether or not it is something you need to do or something you merely believe you should do. For instance, do you need to make 5 different kinds of cookies this year? Do you need to hand make 25 goodie bag handouts for your child’s classroom? Once you’ve got that under control, move onto the “want-to” list.
The “want-to” list should be comprised of things that will bring you joy. Is there a holiday festivity you’ve always wanted to participate in, but for some reason you’ve never found the time to do it? Make this the year you finally get to check it off your list. Your “want-to” can be something as simple as spending a few minutes caroling with friends or checking out the holiday lights in the neighborhood. Perhaps an uninterrupted evening of holiday television viewing is your ideal way to unwind.
Bring on the Joy
Did you know that participating in something that gives you pleasure is a great way to help you deal with stress? Find your sense of joy through activities and socializing or simply taking a few moments of solitude.
If you’re having trouble unwinding and can’t seem to find a moment for yourself, you may want to help boost your mood with a little holiday spirit. Put on some favorite holiday music and add some soothing seasonal scents to your surroundings. Even if you’re busy with chores, this tactic can help those chores seem less like work and more like enjoyable activities.
Set the Scene
Because scents have a unique ability to make us feel strong emotions, aromatherapy may actually affect our mood.
Through the use of essential oils, we can help elicit moods or reactions – calming, soothing, invigorating, or even helping us to feel energized.
So whichever mood you’re trying to create, there may be a seasonal scent for that.
Peppermint: This delectable scent is often associated with an invigorating, refreshing feeling. Some find the strong fragrance of peppermint essential oil to be exhilarating.
Ginger: A warm, spicy scent can have a very soothing effect on your mood. This delicious smelling spice can conjure up holiday memories and encourage relaxation. To create an aura of coziness and warmth at home try ginger essential oil.
Pine: Nothing says “Christmas” quite like the scent of pine. In addition to its ability to evoke feelings of nostalgia, pine has a vibrant aroma that helps awaken the senses. Evoke a feeling of refreshment with the distinctive scent of pine essential oil as you get ready for the holidays.
So you’ve made your lists, you’ve filled your home with wondrous holiday scents and you’re still feeling frazzled. Here’s one last “hack” that may help banish the grumpy Grinch feeling. Herbs. Yes, the green plant parts we often use in the kitchen.
All year long, and especially during the harried holiday season, it’s important to support the immune system.* That’s where adaptogens come in. Adaptogens are a class of herbs that provide support for hectic lifestyles.*
Two traditional adaptogenic herbs that can support health and wellness this holiday season and long into the new year include ashwagandha and astralagus.*
Ashwagandha is native to India and the Middle East and has been used in Ayurvedic wellness traditions for centuries. Ashwagandha is also referred to as “Indian Ginseng” and is known as a refresher.*
Astragalus is a member of the pea family and a Chinese herbalism mainstay. Known as a “warming” herb, astragalus supports well-being.*
One last suggestion to help you get through the holiday season – try to remember that this time of year should be a time of peace, joy, and making memories with family and friends. Try to focus on the good times and stop stressing about making everything perfect.