It’s essential to find time to rest during the festive season. One of the best ways to physically rest is to nourish our bodies, something Borough Broth place at the heart of what they do, based on the traditions of ancient communities all over the world that prized the nourishment provided by a bowl of humble broth. They’re all about simmering low and slow, something that resonates when it comes to resting over the holidays.
We teamed up with Borough Broth to share some tips and tricks on how to switch off and rest efficiently. See last week’s article for tips on reviewing your year.
It’s that wonderful time of the year, the festive season – season to be jolly and rest, right?
Well, resting can be hard when you are a blogger. Christmas is all about spending time with friends and family, not being glued to your phone, however, it can be hard to find that balance.
The lack of sleep, dehydration and overall stress can leave us feeling groggy – which isn’t ideal when teamed with large (and loud) family gatherings.
Taking time for yourself to survive the “silly season” is essential, especially if this time of year is hard and a little overwhelming for you. This is where self care is important: “for anyone struggling with food and body image issues, Christmas can mean panic, fear and overwhelm. There’s food everywhere, there are family members that might make triggering comments and there’s generally lots of stress involved.” 1
How to prep your blog for the holidays
Last year Vicky shared with us what she learned about reclaiming her holidays, including this handy Pinterest hack: “Holidays are often centred around food, so it’s great to have a few healthy alternatives up your sleeve to whip out for family get-togethers. Pinterest is your friend here. If you haven’t already got one, start a Healthy Holiday Recipes board and get pinning your favourite recipes as you go. It’s great to have them all in one place when you need them.”
You can also use tools like Tailwind to schedule your pins.
Many people struggle with going offline in the holiday season. In the #StatusOfMind report, which surveyed 1,500 14-24 year olds, it was revealed that half of the participants said Instagram and Facebook ‘exacerbated’ feelings of anxiety. 7 out of 10 said it made them feel worse about their body image.
Why not try a 7 day challenge and spend some time offline.
Alternatively you can try deleting social apps on your phone. All you have to do is:
- Head to your phone
- Press and hold the social media icon
- Click the little ‘X’ button
- Rinse and repeat as appropriate
The average person checks their phone 200 times a day – that’s once every six and a half minutes – and 73% of Brits say they’d struggle to go a day without checking their phone or computer. Holidays are the best time to take yourself off your phone.
Make festivities work for you
HBC magazine contributor Sarah Leanne summarised this perfectly: “We just need to be real with ourselves and stick to what fulfils us and brings us joy in life. Of course I will be sharing recipes, gift ideas and my Christmas experiences with my readers – there are a lot of positive points to be gained from doing so – but I won’t be pushing myself unnecessarily to follow trends. I know what matters to me and it doesn’t come at the cost of my physical or mental wellbeing.”
Do whatever brings you the most joy, the rest will follow.