A little reminder…

The holiday rush has begun! Normally my December 1st post is all about our wonderful holiday teas and upcoming events.

However, yesterday a dear friend shared that she was “already stressed out and the holidays had just begun!’ So instead I thought maybe we all need a little reminder about the holidays. Regardless of which of the magical December holidays & traditions you practice chances are you are pretty busy preparing for celebrations, gatherings and hopefully fitting in some volunteering.

In all our rushing about it’s very likely we can get our ‘tinsel in a tangle’ and create anything but a peaceful & enjoyable holiday.

Here are 5 simple ways to stay calm, merry & bright this holiday season! (And yes- tea plays a key role!!

#5. Choose a Holiday Motto. Pick a mantra or personal theme from a holiday song or movie line that makes you feel good. Last year mine was ‘Jingle Bells’ and every time I heard a bell no matter where it was coming from I took a 10 second ‘time out’ to savor the moment and spirit of the holidays. This year my motto is Christmas Tea Time to gather for a cuppa with friends and family more. Find more about Holiday mottos and happier Holidays here

#4 Keep to your basic daily routines as much as you can! For example, if your family’s normal bedtime routine starts at 7pm and everyone goes to sleep at 8pm keep that routine!

Or if everyday around 1:30 you enjoy a nice cup of tea keep that routine going- out shopping? Bring a thermos of tea with you so you aren’t running around looking for a cup of your favorite tea!

If you find yourself forgetting these basic routines set up an alert on your phone or other device to remind you of these important yet basic routines for self-care and family harmony. Read more about the role of routines for a happier holiday here

#3 Exercise & Hydrate every day! Even if it’s a simple 10 minute walk outside without a screen or distractions like shopping (and no… shopping in the mall does not count as relaxing exercise!) Daily exercise allows us to ‘turn off’ our brains to re-focus and reduce stress. Enjoy more water or tea throughout the day. Hydrating with water or tea also helps our brains function and improves our sense of health and well-being. SO that afternoon cuppa Moroccan Mint to combat being so tired is REALLY good for you!

#2 Enjoy the company of family and friends in simple gatherings. Not every holiday gathering needs (or should be) from a Hallmark movie! Just getting together to share a spot of tea with a simple holiday table decorated with a bowl of oranges and rosemary as a centerpiece can be merry & bright to your guests. Remember K.I.S.S- Keep It Simple for Success!

Which brings us to #1… Reduce holiday stress. Decide now to not pursue the ‘perfect holiday’. After all you can’t live in a Better Homes & Gardens photo shoot for the holidays! If you find yourself stressed and chancing perfection I recommend making a cup of tea as often as you can. It takes 3-6 minutes to make a pot or a cup of hot tea. While you are waiting you might as well sit back, relax and count your blessings! Instead of being stressed and chasing perfection you’ll enjoy all the holidays have offer! You might even find yourself spending more time with others than last year just sipping tea & sharing a smile.

Know some ‘life hacks’ that help you through the holiday rush? Comment & Share below for a chance to win FREE holiday tea!

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