How to Keep Your Cool During the Festive Period

The holiday season, with its twinkling lights, heartwarming carols, and abundance of cheer, is a time for celebration and togetherness. However, for many midlife women, the festive period can also bring stress, anxiety, and a sense of overwhelm. The pressure we place upon ourselves to create a perfect holiday, coupled with the demands of family, work, and social obligations, can easily lead to feeling frazzled and out of control. It’s easy to boil over when you apply this much pressure (and couple it with menopause symptoms and family dynamics.)

So, if you’re seeking to navigate the holidays with a sense of calm and composure, we're please to share some practical tips from Menopause Coach and Movement for Modern Life Yoga Teacher, Gabriella Espinosa to help you keep your cool during the festive period:

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1. Set realistic expectations.

Don't expect too much from yourself. Don’t try to do everything yourself. Ask for help from your family and friends. And don't be afraid to delegate tasks.

2. Focus on what's important.

What are the most important things to you about the holidays? Is it spending time with loved ones? Giving back to your community? Or simply enjoying the peace and quiet? Once you know what's important to you, you can let go of the things that aren't.

3. Make time for yourself.

Even if it's just for a few minutes each day, make sure to take some time for yourself. Take a walk, read a book, or take a bath. Doing something that you enjoy will help you relax and de-stress.

4. Say no.

It's okay to say no to requests that you don't have time for or that will add to your stress. You don't have to do everything that everyone asks of you.

5. Be mindful of your spending.

The holidays can be a time of financial strain. Set a budget for yourself and stick to it. Don't feel pressured to spend more than you can afford.

6. Prioritize self-care.

Make time for YOU by taking walks in nature, connecting with a friend, reflecting in a journal or take my yoga class Gentle Stretching to Cool and Unwind . Taking care of your physical and mental health will help you cope with stress better.

7. Get a good night’s sleep.

Menopause symptoms such as hot flashes can serious impact your sleep, so cooling nightwear can help you to get a better night’s sleep and be more able to face the day calmly.

Additional tips:

· Plan ahead. The more you can plan ahead, the less stressed you'll be. Make a list of everything you need to do and start working on it early.

· Delegate tasks. Ask your family and friends for help. Everyone can pitch in to make the holidays a success.

· Set a budget. Don't overspend on gifts or decorations. Stick to a budget and avoid impulse purchases.

· Take breaks. Take some time for yourself each day to relax and recharge.

· Be present. Enjoy the moment and make memories with your loved ones.

Remember, the holidays are about more than just presents and decorations. They're about spending time with loved ones and creating lasting memories. By keeping your cool and focusing on what's important, you can make the most of this special time of year.

Try a yoga class with Gabriella for FREE at Movement for Modern Life and use discount code GABRIELLA20 for 20% off all subscriptions).



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