I’m not a huge fan of Christmastime; at least not anymore. I’m sure some of it has to do with being a non-religious child-free grown-up who has come to appreciate minimalism.
I’d rather go to the dentist than the mall. I detest spending hours struggling with gift wrap. Snow is evil, and the thought of sending greeting cards stresses me out. I no longer have time to bake or cook elaborate dinners. And between well-timed holiday travel and owning cats, I’ve gotten out of the habit of putting up a Christmas tree.
All that aside, working in retail also does a number on how you think about the holiday season!
Shop owners and retail staff put SO much energy into creating a wondrously inviting atmosphere for shoppers, and by the end of it we are w-i-p-e-d out! I don’t know about you, but after weeks of nonstop interaction and festive retail frenzy, come Christmas Day the introvert in me just wants to disappear for awhile. So it’s high time we talk about seasonal wellbeing for retailers… or anyone else who may have just experienced their busiest time of year.
Since it’s not always possible to get away, the key is learning how to cope and refresh. These are my best tips for seasonal wellbeing, honed over the years. They will carry you through to the New Year so you can come into January strong and motivated!
Embrace the Chaos
I don’t like a messy work area, but on some of our busiest days this December when I couldn’t even see my desk, I came up with the mantra “embrace the chaos”. It got me through! I’ve learned that the more you resist, the more upset you’re likely to become. By surrendering to a temporary state of discomfort, at least you won’t lose your mind!
Don’t mess with stress
The struggle is real these days to handle stress in a positive way. You know when it starts to build and you just want to verbally bite someone’s head off?! Best not to ignore these feelings. For several years now I’ve been an occasional meditator, but as of now I’m 35+ days in to a regular daily habit. According to the latest research as explained by author James Clear, that’s when you’re well on your way to the habit forming zone. Whether meditation or something else, find whatever works for you and kick stress to the curb!
Be the first
During some holiday errands last week I made a point to look other people in the eye and smile at them. If you haven’t tried this in a while, it catches on like wildfire! It’s so true that you get back what you give out. So go ahead and be the first! Send some love out to others and you just might come away with a warm feeling toward all of humanity 🙂
Take care of yo’self
Take a break from all the merry making and indulge in some self-care. Of course, make sure you attend to the basics like eating well, taking your vitamins, and getting enough zzz’s. But you should also treat yourself to a few things that feed your soul. Go on a hike in nature. Play with your dog. Write, sing, create, read. Simple joys! Especially if you are an introvert, do everyone a favor and find some blessed time alone!
Celebrate in your own way
For some, maintaining a sense of seasonal wellbeing might mean breaking from tradition. How liberating it is to finally realize you don’t have to keep doing things just because that’s they way they’ve always been done! If it no longer serves you, pursue an alternative.