This time of year means many different things to different people. For me, it’s a marathon of parties followed by more celebrating with family and friends. It sounds lovely in theory but in practice it can be hard to stay motivated, positive, healthy, and sane! Here are a few strategies that I’ve used to stay merry this season both personally and professionally.
Drink Up. Wine, and Whiskey, and Craft Beer! Oh my! Indulge a little. It’s important to celebrate. It’s even more important to stay hydrated. So, when I say drink up, I am also referring to H2O and Green Juices. There is nothing like a fresh pressed juice to reset after a late night, before that early morning meeting. You may be in recovery mode but everyone else in the office thinks you’re being healthy. It’s a win, win. I love Juby True when I’m home in AZ and Pressed Juicery when in CA.
Sleep. Lack of sleep can take its toll on your immune system. This is true for any time of the year but especially with the cold and flu virus being passed around like the most coveted white elephant gift at an ugly sweater party. I swear by Melatonin! It’s an over the counter natural supplement that can be purchased at CVS or Target. It works wonders on jet lag or when you need a little extra help falling asleep on a guestroom mattress.
Prioritize. What and who is most important to you? Once you ask yourself that question, fill up your calendar accordingly. I passed on a ski trip to spend New Year’s with family in Arizona. Would I rather be drinking a hot toddy on the slopes with a good looking ski bum over talking about what New Year’s Eve was like “back in my day” with Grandma and Grandpa? Maybe, but… I also secretly love looking back and spending time with the people that love me no matter how many times I’ve fallen off a ski lift. Besides, Mr. Après-ski will be on the slopes as long as there’s snow on the ground. A President’s Day trip is calling my name!
Balance. December is the last year of the month and you want to make sure to close it out strong. Show up to the holiday work parties but also show up in person the next morning ready to tackle your workload. You may have to leave the party before the karaoke gets good, but it’s worth it in the long run. Being able to balance the social aspect AND the demands of your job is important in any profession. If you can have fun after hours while continuing to kill it at work, people will notice!
When all else fails…simply try to stay PRESENT. Things this time of year can feel chaotic. I try to stay focused on what it is I’m doing at that moment. Responding thoughtfully to a year-end email is just as important as enjoying a cup of hot chocolate with loved ones. Happy Holidays and cheers to a New Year with endless possibilities!