How to Survive the Holiday Season
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Hello & Happy Tuesday!
I’m still in awe that the holidays are right around the corner, as it feels like just moments ago summer was wrapping up. Over time the saying that times flies has truly solidified as the days fly by faster and faster each year. The takeaway from this is to enjoy every moment, and make a Winter Toolkit to aid in the process!
The assertion that food is love has always resonated with me. As a true foodie, I love to prepare everything from scratch for my friends and family amidst the holidays.
While I love to cook, the holidays come around and I struggle to orchestrate it all while still maintaining a full time job as a chef. True. story. For those who don’t work in the food industry I can absolutely imagine how preparing to entertain for the holidays can be so consuming where by the end of it you’re barely hanging on by a thread by the last recipe.
As a result I’ve compiled a “Winter Toolkit” for prepping for the holidays. All though it won’t guarantee a no stress holiday it will have you phshiclaly and mentally prepared to take on the holidays in full force. With everything from mediation to yoga a hot bath and my go to, Tylenol, this lis has you covered fro everything fro A to Z.
Make sure to get 8hrs of sleep. Studies show that in order to allow your body to reboot you need at least 8 ours of sleep. Less sleep means a weakened immune system, leaving you more susceptible to the common cough or cold. If you struggle to get your z’s, drink a cup of chamomile tea an hour before bed.
Take a hot bath with some essentials oils, bath salts, and natural candles. Although soaking in water my be drying to the skin the combination of everything will allow you to zone out and stop watching the clock and envisioning your to do list.
In order to mitigate wasting time while organizing thanksgiving dinner or parties, make plan a strategy in advance to execute the day more effectively. The majority of recipes can be produced together without sacrificing quality or flavor and can increase the amount of food produced in less time. My best advice, make a plan!
If your’e experiencing headaches or cramping in your hands from overly using them, grab a Tylenol 8hr Muscle Aches and Pain. I prefer tylenol as its light, doesn’t leave me feeling drowsy, but effective, and helps to mitigate any body aches or pains while preparing for the holiday season. Tylenol remains to be an integral part of my Winter Toolkit!
Take control of your muscle pain and take back your day. Temporarily relieves minor aches and pains due to: muscular aches, backache, minor pain of arthritis, toothache, premenstrual and menstrual cramps, headache, the common cold; temporarily reduces fever. For adults and children 12 years and older. Use only as directed.
Find Tylenol at your local Target!
Grocery shop in advance. Food sell out while some ingredients are hard to find altoghe. The best way to ensure the you have what you need is to shop at least a week in advance.
Make time to take a walk before your guest come. I know this sounds like a longshot as the last thing you was to do is take a walk prior to a myriad of guest coming to your home to be entertained, but it will help you catch your breath and remove yourself from the previous chaos of preparing food.
Take up yoga at lest 2x a week to keep the zen and reduce stress levels. Yoga is an opportunity to take you into the present moment and out of planning and cooking mode. I highly recommend incorporating a restorative yoga class. Although not a calorie burning class, you’ll be able to seamlessly ease your mind from the daily grind of making to do list and preparing for the holidays to ultimately keep your sanity. Below is one of my favorite restorative yoga poses that will have you hooked!
Supported Bound Angle Pose
I can’t even begin to articulate how relaxing I find this pose. If I could go through life in this pose, I would. Highly. Recommend.
• Bring your balls of your feet together.
• Take a strap and loop it around the front of your ankles, around the outside of your thighs, then over the front of your hips.
• You should feel your feet close to your body as your knees comfortably move towards the ground. If you find that this is straining place folded blankets or blocks under each thigh.
• For more of a stretch you can also place a bolster behind your upper back as well as stacked blankets or another bolster at a 45 degree angle to open the chest
• Relax arms at your sides. Breathe Comfortably for 5- 10 minutes
If you experience strain in your inner thighs and groins, slightly elevate your feet (couple inches) with a block or cushion. You can relieve knee and groin strain more by supporting under each of your thighs with a thick cushion or folded blanket. The height of the support should be slightly above the maximum stretch of the groins. As you create each support, ensure both are the same height to prevent development of imbalances.
• If you feel some discomfort in your neck or the chin continually lifts away from the chest, place a small, but firm pillow under your head. The head should be elevated slightly higher than your shoulders. This is slight elevation of head will decrease the excess arching of your neck and reduce compression between the cervical vertebrae.
• Stretches your inner thigh and groin muscles. • Frees energy flow in your pelvic area.
• Stimulates your abdominal organs and improves mobility in digestive organs.
• Helps relieve the symptoms of stress, mild depression, PMS and menopause.
• Relaxes your mind and the central nervous system.
• Groin or Knee Injury
• Lower Back Injuries