The holiday season is here and it can be common for our lives get busier and busier. Task lists grow longer and added stressors can contribute to days blurring together without allowing us time to step back and enjoy the season. For some, the holidays might not bring with them feelings of joy, but rather those of pressure and aggravation. Whichever way the emerging holiday season makes you feel, you might find it helpful to review your Wellness Toolbox and develop a special schedule that you can stick to when circumstances in your life feel chaotic.
Try outlining a wellness schedule of what to do each day to help give you some direction and keep you from losing your way. This type of nurturing schedule can be an effective Wellness Tool to use as needed. Perhaps adding 10 minutes of stretching and relaxation exercises to your morning routine might be a good way to help set the tone for your day. Or maybe working on a creative project in the afternoon and holding evening chats with friends will help ease any anxiety you might be feeling through this busy time. Prioritize your responsibilities so that they become manageable instead of waiting to handle all of the big, daunting tasks that might be weighing you down. You can find specific guidance for your Wellness Tools in Building Your WRAP Wellness Toolbox with Mary Ellen Copeland and many other available WRAP resources.
Following are some Holiday Wellness Tools that might work for you:
My own Wellness Toolbox contains literally hundreds of options of things I have discovered I need to do or can do to help myself feel better and enjoy life. It has had a wonderful and powerful effect on my life. I add new tools to my Toolbox whenever I discover them and have used these tools to develop Action Plans for every section of my WRAP. In addition, I refer to my list of Wellness Tools whenever I want ideas on things that feel good to do or that are good for me. Using my Wellness Tools has pulled me out of despair in even the worst of times.
Everyone’s list of Wellness Tools is different. There is no “one size fits all.” Tools that work well for me may not work well for you; and tools that work well for you, may not be at all helpful to me. You may have some things on your list that others would want to avoid and things that others may not approve of. You need to trust yourself and your own self-knowledge to know what is best for you. You know more, much more, about yourself than anyone else does. Do everything you can to keep yourself well. Make your wellness and yourself a priority, especially through this time that may be stressful for you.
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