December is a busy month. One could say it is probably their busiest month of the year. Between the end of the year wrapping things up for work, holiday parties, celebrating holiday traditions with families, and maybe even some traveling December can be one busy month. Some of the first things to go out the window when you are busy are our daily routines. The little things in life, that actually make a word of a difference (you know those moments of ‘me time’ when you get to take a deep breath) tend to get pushed to the next day and then the next day rolls around to find yourself still too busy.
Here are 6 ways to prioritize yourself so you don’t spread yourself too thin and turn into the Grinch or worse yet, get yourself sick.
Move Your Body
If there is one thing to keep up on, keep this one up! We can never stress enough how important it is to move your body. If working out is a bit part of your routine, then make it a priority to keep it that way.
Working up a sweat isn’t only good us physically but for us mentally as well. Moving your body is a great way to decompress, release some mental stress, and get some endorphins flowing through the body. Try our ab workout to keep your digestion on track too!
Don’t Say Yes to Every Social Gathering
Tis the season for happy hours, holiday parties, dinner gatherings, and fundraisers. Practice only saying yes when you truly mean it. We can easily get into a habit of saying yes all the time and becoming the yes (wo)man. If there is one time to not overload your social calendar it is this time of year. Of course, you want to support all of your friends and be your social loving self, but remember this can spread you thin. If there are little things that aren’t as timely or pressing see if you can reschedule them for the new year. Just remember to not fall into the downward spiral that is ‘FOMO’–you are saying no for positive reasons, no need to get sad about it.
This parallels with the above. A way to be able to say no to certain invites is easier when you have boundaries set for yourself. When you don’t have boundaries set is really when the spreading yourself thin can wiggle its way in easily and leave you feeling burnt out.
Eating at this party and that party can really set your eating habits out of whack. When you can try and eat at home as much as possible, even if it means starting to pack your lunch more than normal. Having control over a good portion of your meals will still make you feel like you are feeling comfortable with your good nutrition habits. Keeping healthy grab and go snacks on hand too, helps keep you on track in a pinch. Or bringing some of those with you when you find yourself at a party and everything on the dinner tables isn’t something you want to eat.
Remember Your Nonnegotiables
Remember the little things, the little things that bring you so much joy. For a lot of us, it is our nonnegotiables. What are those little things you like to do in the morning or before you go to bed? Maybe you can step away from your phone a bit earlier in the evening and make sure you take care of items or do habits that will help you feel less stressed the next day.
Which ways do you prioritize yourself when you are really busy?