BACK SAVING HINTS
- Do not sit on floor to either wrap presents or write cards. Use a table or even better a high counter where you do no have to bend forward to wrap presents.
- Gather all materials first and have them handy.
- Take frequent breaks
– If you have been sitting, get up and walk around
– If you have been standing, lie down on the floor and stretch, or sit in a chair and round your spine toward the floor, inhale, roll up slowly.
– Spread card addressing and writing over several nights depending on how many you send or if you write lots of personal notes. Set a time limit – 2 hours maximum. Set a timer and step.
- Take a stretch break
- Schedule regular adjustments and/or massages especially around holiday time. They will…
a. improve vitality
b. increase endurance, balance and coordination
c. boost immune system and resistance to fatigue/illness
d. restore and maintain function of vital organs
e. enhance the quality of life
f. optimize tone, energy
SAVE YOUR SANITY – MIND GAMES
- Take 5 minutes a day to write down ALL you are thankful and grateful for. Write some on post-its and display them where you can see them – bathroom mirror, at work on desk, in car.
- Stop and review your list when things get carzy.
- Purchase a gift certificate for massage or chiropractic care for that hard to shop for person.
- Combine an uplifting book with fragrant candle and special tea.
SAVE YOUR BACK WHEN DECORATING.
- DO NOT MOVE FURNITURE BY YOURSELF. Offer to help a friend set up their tree if they will help you. Make a party out of buying and getting it home.
- Do not do ladder stuff alone.
- Have a tree delivered and set up or pay some college or high school students to do the heavy stuff.
PLAN AHEAD TO REDUCE CHAOS AND FRAZZLES
- Balance your holiday party activity with quiet time.
- You don’t have to go to every party and, if you do, you don’t have to stay late.
- Schedule sleep time – very important – at least 3 nights a week get 8 hours.
- Short power naps are helpful to some.
- If you are a morning person, schedule some writing cards or preparation time then.
- Schedule – yes plan – some time in nature.
HONOR THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON
- Whatever your spiritual source, take a little extra time to connect with the essence of the holiday.
- Volunteer to help those less fortuante with financial help, but even more importantly, with compassion and participation.
- Be more consciously forgiving and kind. Slow down. Be at peace with yourself and others.
P.S. I saw a great bumper sticker several months ago: God Bless Everyone – No Exceptions.