’Tis the season! Only a couple more weeks until Christmas. How are you doing? This season can be either the most magical or the most stressful – depending on what is going on in your life. And if you are single, especially newly single, it can be a bit sad. And lonely. I mean the barrage of diamond commercials on TV alone are enough to drive one to consume bottles of wine and have deep “conversations” with your new best friend, the cat (definitely not speaking from experience here…)
But of course being single at the holidays can also be a huge advantage. I mean, no crazy in-laws to deal with – that is a bonus! And you have freedom to choose how you want to spend the holidays. For example, I choose to spend Thanksgiving with my family, but Christmas and New Years are for me. I spend Christmas with a fantastic group of friends. The day after Christmas I am jetting off to Paris for a few days of shopping, eating and wandering (hooray for Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa points!). And New Year’s Eve – so many options!
Regardless of what you have going on over the holiday season, please remember to take extra good care of yourself. Here are a few tips to try out during the next few weeks:
- Breathe! Try to remember to take deep, relaxing, centering breaths throughout the day. I know it’s difficult to actually remember, so here’s a tip: take some deep breaths when you take bathroom breaks… I’m not kidding. Take a few extra seconds to breathe in for 5 and breathe out of 5. Repeat this a couple times. If you get in the habit of taking breathing breaks while you are on the throne, you will actually make sure to incorporate breathing into your routine. Easily!
- Move it! Let’s face it, the holidays come with extraordinary opportunities for eating and drinking more than usual. And I want you to enjoy every sip and every taste, but make sure you are getting your steps in (I aim for 10,000/day). Do this by running errands, shopping or hitting the elliptical at the gym. You can balance out indulgences by making sure you move your ass!
- Prioritize! There are only so many hours in the day and you and only you get to decide how your single fabulous self is going to spend those hours. If you are in the mood to go out, meet up with some friends and get out there to mingle. If you need to recharge, stay in. Order in some sushi and sparkling water and catch up on some reading or an inspiring documentary on Netflix. The main point is to be intentional about how you spend your time. Do what you want, with whom you want. Life is short.
Best wishes for a peaceful, magical and blessed holiday season. xo
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