Finally! It's December, and that means most of us have a holiday coming up. With temperature's quickly rising, the time is now to enjoy the summer and strike the right balance between relaxation and rejuvenation.
So many times a holiday comes and goes and the feeling of regret and mismanaged time is creeping around in our minds. Do you feel like your summers fly by, and that you didn't do anything? Or possibly, that the holiday was great, but now you're exhausted? It doesn't have to be like that!
Here's how to make the most of your holiday without stressing yourself in the process.
Your Holiday To Do List
You can never go wrong with a to-do list. If it's not for you, skip it and read how to maximize your Fridays. If it is for you, definitely create a to-do list for the holiday. Keep track of all the things you want to get done, it definitely helps to keep your mind in check during the crazy holiday season.
Maximize Your Fridays
If you're one of the lucky ones, your company allows for early dismissal's on Friday's. Take advantage of this and make sure you use that time for something that excites you. Plan a quick trip away for the weekend, even if it is somewhere close like Dullstroom or Lake Umuzi.
Start a New Tradition
Take yourself back to your childhood, and think of what made you enjoy summer and your holidays the most. Maybe you and your dad used to go fishing. Call him up and organise a trip. Possibly sitting together as a family for dinner. Enjoy an activity that you can repeat the following year and become a ritual. Traditions are behaviors and actions that provide a sense of identity, tell a story, strengthen family bonds, and of course, create memories that can be passed from one generation to the next. This holiday you can start a tradition that will live on.
Go Offline and Off-The-Grid
Take a hike! No, really, being outside is the best thing ever. Even if it's only for a few hours, forget about modern advances in technology and get lost in yourself and nature. You may find it surprisingly refreshing and re-energizing.
Learn Something New
Stimulate your brain and your holiday by learning something new. The antidote to boredom is to learn a new activity. There's millions of fun activities to participate in to keep yourself busy, such as learning a new language, taking a cooking class, or challenging yourself to any new activity like photography.
Reevaluate Your Expectations
Entering a new month and a big holiday create expectations. You need to think "Are they realistic or unrealistic?" Chances are you won't be taking three international vacations, find the love of my life, and start a new career within the next month. It's wildly ambitious, but will definitely end in more stress and an earlier visit to your therapist. Adjust your expectations and make sure they are realistic and doable. Ensure that your goals are internally motivated rather than created by external forces such as friends, family, or societal pressure.
In between your list keeping and going off the grid, leave room for at least one spontaneous moment. I'm not saying go diving with sharks or jump out of an aeroplane, it can be as small as ordering that expensive bottle of wine at dinner, or going early morning snorkeling. Small spontaneity to keep you on your toes this December.