How do you fill up your cup?  What activities GIVE you energy?  How can you recharge your batteries?

Stop – and really think about this!

Write a list!

  • What do you love doing?
  • How do you relax?

(Do you need a little help getting started?  Here’s some ideas: baking, sleeping, reading, meditating, exercising, yoga, being in nature, watching a romantic comedy, laughing with friends . . .)

Now, think about this question, ‘What are your favorite ways to relax during the holiday season?”

Add these activities to the list.

Ponder last year.  How DID you relax during the holidays?  (Hmm . . . is there a disconnect here?)

The holidays can be a stressful and jam packed time.   On the best day, you may already be leading a pretty busy life.  Think of the roles you play during a typical week – wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, career woman, chauffeur, chef . . .

Now, that the holiday season is here, let’s add the roles of party planner, baker, social director, personal shopper, professional organizer, and more.

No wonder you may have struggled to remember how you relaxed during the last holiday season!

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It’s unrealistic to expect that you can create the perfect holiday experience for everyone in your life – and have the energy to enjoy this experience – if you don’t take time to take care of yourself.

Follow this simple plan to create a little more balance in your life.

  • Look at the list you created at the beginning of this post.
  • Schedule at least one relaxing activity into your calendar each week.
  • Honor each appointment with yourself.

Bonus Tip #1 – Use support!   If you find it difficult to take the time needed to relax, schedule relaxing activities with a friend.  It’s much tougher to cancel an appointment with your friend than it is to cancel an appointment with yourself.

Bonus Tip #2 – Size doesn’t matter!  Even taking as little as 15 minutes a day to relax will have huge benefits.

Bonus Tip #3 – Don’t delay, start today!  Schedule these relaxation appointments today.  The farther into December we get, the less room there will be in your calendar!

Your turn!  Please, share!  What are some of your favorite ways to relax?  Who can be your support person?  Post below.

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With a little coaching, you can easily achieve the perfect balance between your business and personal lives.  You can develop a framework and a system that allows you to put first things first – and live a life of purpose, accomplishment, and fun.  You can turn ideas into action!

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