Let’s face it. The holiday season can be tough.
You’re busy trying to get everything done at work. The kids are no longer looked after at school all day. There are massive financial and organisational pressures. You’re dreading having to spend time with your highly strung alcoholic sister-in-law on Christmas Day. And Christmas shopping? Ha! What Christmas shopping?!?! If only some fat guy in a red suit actually did deliver all the presents. See you at the shopping centre on Christmas Eve, fellow last-minuters.
So we thought we’d help the cause by giving you 5 ways to make the most of the holidays this year...
- Don’t let advertisers ruin your Christmas!
We all know that this is an expensive time of year for families - social engagements, present buying, holidays… it can all get a bit much! But you know who else knows that this is an expected/accepted expensive time of year? Every single company out there! And they are all looking to make profit at your expense! So make sure you don’t let the advertising departments of these companies put unnecessary pressure on your wallet and your family!
Your kids don’t need all the latest toys, your partner doesn’t need that amazing piece of jewellery on “sale” (from it’s previously inflated price), and your Christmas lunch doesn’t need over the top decorations and enough food to feed ten families. You can still have an awesome festive season without letting it break the bank! Opt for presents that come from the heart and not from your credit card. Take a local camping holiday instead of jet setting interstate or overseas. Suggest your family have a celebration where everyone brings a plate to share. This time of year is about love and cheer, not debt and stress!
- Take a break from your computer and phone!
Yes, we know this is easier said than done. And yes we know that their will be times where you need to use your digital devices. But the aim here isn’t to throw them out and never use them again, it is simply to try and use them less. In an increasingly digital world, personal device use is at an all time high, and studies show that it is having serious (negative) effects on our sleep, relationships, and overall health.
So why not use the holidays as an opportunity to take a break from your technology dependence? The working world slows down through Christmas and New Years (thank god) - so you don’t need to be checking your emails every hour. Social media isn’t going anywhere any time soon - so try to reduce the number of times you check your Facebook feed. Most other people are on holidays too - so use the time to catch up with people in person, rather than through FaceTime or meme-tagging. Humans existed for a long time before the introduction of the technology we are so accustomed to now - so try and use this period to revert back to a simpler time, we promise you’ll feel the benefits!
- GET OUTDOORS.
If your life is often restricted to the confines of your home, your car, and the office, then use the freedom of the holidays to get outdoors. Get outdoors as often as possible. Go to the beach. Find a waterfall. Go for a bush walk. Just find some time to connect with nature. Everything from the Vitamin D from the sun to the feeling of the ground underneath your bare feet will benefit you. So don’t let your holidays turn into a revolving door between Christmas parties and Netflix binges (although we definitely suggest some of both of these in small amounts). Get outdoors and reconnect with Mother Nature. We promise she will look after you!
- Reflect on the year that was and prepare for the year that will be.
Of course there are a million and one things to be organised over the festive period, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find some time for some personal reflection! As the year draws close, it’s time to take stock of the 12 months that have just passed by, and channel some energy into planning for the year ahead.
Life is like a toilet paper roll, the closer to the end you get, the faster it goes… so use some time this holidays to have some high level thoughts about where you are at in life, and where you would like to be this time next year.
Writing things down can be a great help in maintaining a single thought train and nutting it right out… it's also very beneficial for achieving things in the new year, so pick up the pen and give it a go!! You won't get where you want to go if you don't plan for it! It’s that simple.
Enjoy the holiday time with your friends, family and loved ones - be present and actually use their company and conversation to help you reflect on what this last year has brought. Success, failure, change, lessons - these are all parts of life. How we react to them is what defines us as a human being. So how did you react to your life events this year??
- Find the positives in the negatives.
OK, this might sound a little corny - but at a time of year where you will undoubtedly be forced to do some things you might not necessarily want to do, it’s important to address your mindset.
Don’t get along with one/some/all of your partner’s family? Remind yourself that this probably goes both ways, so rather than holding a grudge, just be thankful that your partner also comes with you to see your family!
Hate having people over to your house for celebrations? Just be thankful that you’re in control of what’s on offer - food, music, activites, general vibe. This mindset means that having people over is great - you get to choose your favourite foods, and there’s no way in hell your putting on the Michael Buble Christmas special… right?!
Sick of having to buy other people presents?!?! Newsflash - someone else is sick of having to buy you presents!!! So don’t be bitter - be grateful for the fact that you have people around you worth buying presents for, and who care enough about you to do the same! Some people aren’t as fortunate.
Mindset is everything. The saying 'Happy Holidays' is popular because with the right mindset - the holiday period is an awesome time to be happy - with friends, with family, and within yourself.
Sneaky Tip #6 - Stay active. No surprises here, it’s good for you all year round. So get moving!
Need some options to help you stay active? Head to our Members Group for some opportunities to join the DadBods crew for some fitness oriented fun!