Updated: Nov 19, 2021
As we get festive and prepare for the holiday season, we at Rebels By Ocean wanted to give you a few ways to enjoy the holiday season with intention.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle - make food choices that nourish your body, spend time with yourself, move at least 30 minutes a day and rest when necessary. Manage your routine and be consistent! The daily healthy choices allow you to invest in yourself during the holiday season, when the focus is usually on others.
Manage your spending - be realistic about your budget! Don’t overspend trying to impress others, but budget for an amount that won’t break the bank and leave you stressed. Be clear about who you are buying for, how much you are willing to spend and purchase gifts that emphasize attention to detail. For instance, if you have a family member who loves to write, a handbag may not be the thing that makes them feel special. A personalized journal created just for them, might be the answer.
Also if you need to make a little extra money to hit your financial goals before the year is out, this is the perfect time to pick up a PART TIME job. Find a part-time job that works with your schedule, pays what you need and won't overwhelm you. Start the New Year off with a bank account you can be proud of! Remember money equals freedom, isn't that what we all want?
Realize the holiday season is a marathon, not a sprint - I know you may feel compelled to get swept up in the holiday season festivities. However don’t overwhelm yourself with social gatherings, money spending and the expectations of others. Practice saying “no” without feeling guilty and do what is necessary for your overall well-being. Let me tell you, boundaries don't stop! They are the gifts that keep on giving!
Plan your holiday in advance - plan at least one activity for each holiday that is important to you. Whether it is volunteering, a road trip to see family, house hopping or a getaway. Make a plan in advance to give yourself something to look forward to. Yes, you can't control every aspect but you can definitely take ownership in how you choose to celebrate your holiday.
Set the mood - music, food and decorations! I mean isn't this what we have all been waiting for? Make the spaces you take up, festive with your unique flair to get in the mood. Whether that's baking cookies, creating a holiday playlist, making your favorite holiday beverage, lighting your favorite holiday candle or planning what you will prepare for your holiday meal. Carry on traditions, make changes and adjustments that align with your beliefs. Some people like candy canes, some people like Mary Jane it's truly up to you to how you want to create holiday cheer.
Reflect on what is important to you during the holidays - this will help you find meaning in the holiday season and be more intentional about who and how you spend your holiday. We know you see all the holiday excitement, but tell us how you really feel? It all means nothing if you can't be clear on your connection with the holiday season and why it is important to you.
It's okay to ask for support - the holiday season is a beautiful time, however it can also bring forward trauma, loss and disappointment. Everyone doesn't have the same tools, resources, or experiences to celebrate the holidays carefree. However, it is okay to ask for support from a loved one, or a professional during these difficult times. Share your thoughts, map out a plan and go forth in peace. Seek guidance where it is safe, supportive and beneficial for you. You do not have to go through any of it alone and you shouldn't!