As the days get shorter and the sun sets earlier and earlier each afternoon, sometimes it’s challenging to stay focused on what’s important and get motivated for the day ahead. Prioritize these five things this week and take a break from all the distractions.
What are you grateful for & what makes you happy
It’s the holiday season and it’s easy to become sidetracked with gift giving, holiday parties, and endless family gatherings. Take a few minutes to re-center in the morning or before you go to bed and think about what you are grateful for. This could be as simple as the Lush bath bomb and bottle of red wine that’s waiting for you at home after a long day at work or your significant other who just prepared wonderful dinner for you to end your day. Try and think of five things that made you happy today or something you’re grateful for — fall leaves, warm coffee, doing well at work, your family, etc. The possibilities are endless. Taking a ‘glass half full’ approach to your week will help you focus on finding happiness around you rather than the negativity in your life.
Give yourself 20 minutes each day to unplug and decompress by yourself. The holidays are hectic and there are always too many people around — this can mean not having enough time to relax or take a moment to sit quietly and eat lunch or read a book. Giving yourself the opportunity to be alone, for just a few minutes each day, will help clear your thoughts and unwind. We know quiet time is a luxury (that some of us have a very hard time getting) so enjoy those little moments when you get the opportunity instead of picking up your phone.
Drop the Christmas cookies! Try and eat something that makes you feel good. Get to bed at a decent hour so you can get enough sleep. Take a ten minute walk around the block so you can get some fresh air. Stretch before bed. Getting some exercise in or eating an healthy meal can work wonders if you’re in a slump and need a pick-me-up.
We know Black Friday filled your inbox with 3,500 unread, clutter emails. Clear them out — it’s time. Try and declutter your house and office space and leave the essential items that you use every day that are important. It’s easy to have a lot of ‘stuff’ around during this time of year and sometimes our living spaces start looking like a pack rat lives there after all the Christmas gift exchanges and shopping. Try to organize as much as possible so there aren’t so many distractions around you.
Your loved ones
It’s the time of year when you should be spending time with your loved ones and focusing on what’s important — family and friendship. 4th quarter and end of the year reports can make the work day hectic, don’t bring the office home with you every night. Instead of getting frustrated that you have to go to a holiday party, focus on reconnecting with someone you enjoy talking to there. Appreciate the friendship and love around you by engaging with the people that are important to you.