Although the holidays can be a fun and exciting time, they can also be a bit taxing. Social gatherings, exuberant spending, winter driving, extra time with family…it can all become a bit overwhelming. Check out the list below for some ideas on how to refill your cup moving into the new year:
The social pressures of this time of year can be intense to say the least. This often leads us to over-committing ourselves to different gatherings and events. Give yourself a moment of pause by scheduling an evening where you get to stay home and indulge in whatever feels most nourishing. You might take a bath, watch a movie, read a book, cook an elaborate meal for yourself, or even have a solo dance party. If you have children, hire a sitter for the night or ask your partner to take the lead for that evening. Whatever it is you decide to do, do it with intention. Appreciate the chance to cater only to yourself.
While social media is always a depiction of others’ highlight reels, it seems particularly apparent during this time of year. People post of their travels, their gifts, their Leave-it-to-Beaver families, and it can be hard to remember that social media isn’t actually real life. So set it aside for a moment.
Consider even deleting social media apps from your phone for a few days to eliminate the temptation. This can be a great way to detox from the otherwise imposing force that social media really can be. It can also be a great practice in mindfulness as you observe your tendencies -- how often do you reach for your phone? In which specific situations? What does it feel like to observe the urge to get on your phone but instead pause and choose otherwise? Notice these patterns for yourself; you might just learn something worthwhile.
Between holiday decorations, new gifts, greeting cards, the spoils from Black Friday / Cyber Monday shopping, extra food for guests, and anything else that may have amassed over the past month or so, we often find our homes feeling a little extra cluttered this time of year. Clutter of one’s environment leads to clutter of one’s mind, so tidy that shiz up!
If you recently acquired something new, see if there is an old version you can get rid of to make space. Marie Kondo’s signature idea of keeping “only what brings you joy” can be a great check point here. I always like to enter into declutter days by cranking some good music as it helps keep me motivated and moving.
In addition to your personal goods, go through your fridge and see if there are any leftovers that have been hiding out beyond their expiration. You can also take down holiday decorations and give the whole place a good cleaning.
Clearing your space has been shown to help you clear your mind -- and what better way to enter the year of 2020 with some clarity (pun definitely intended).
As your guests load their suitcases into their cars and drive down the snowy lane, you may find yourself inclined to flop onto the sofa with a glass of wine and Netflix. And let me tell you: that is entirely fine. Once you’ve had the chance to rest and get your home back into its natural order, though, plan a chance to move your body a bit.
It can be a yoga class, a walk with the dog, or maybe even an afternoon ski; whatever it is, schedule it into your calendar and make it happen. During this cold time of year our inertia tends to increase. While that means that it can be extra challenging to motivate yourself to get to the gym, it also means it is extra necessary. As soon as you build a little heat and loosen up, you will feel ten times better, so keep a promise to yourself by making it happen.
*Bonus* -- If you are looking for a way to simultaneously declutter AND get moving, consider the Tada Rug. With the aesthetic of an area rug and the utility of a yoga mat, it can be the perfect addition to your household.
Brooke is a contributing author for Tada Rugs. Tada Rugs is a 5x7 yoga mat disguised as an artistic area rug that you never have to put away. Tada is short for tadasana, or mountain pose, and our own backyard in the San Juan Mountains of Durango, Colorado is where we find our inspiration. Check out our new designs, enter for a chance to win a new Tada Rug, and be sure to follow us for deals and insider specials! Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, or contact us through our website! Tie a room together and bring your practice home.
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