Hello Gina Alyse blog readers! My name is Allie, and I’m another blogger visiting from Call Me Sassafras. Before we get started on this post, I’d like to introduce myself so we’re not strangers–I’d love if you’d introduce yourself in the comments!
I’m a current college student like Gina, but I’m studying plant pathology (in other words, I spend all my time in a lab where I sing to plants and look at things under a microscope). In my spare time, I love to work out, listen to folk/oldies music and design. But on my blog, I like to focus on how anyone can take all of their passions and mush them together for a seriously happy + productive life. How awesome is that?
One seriously underrated part of living a happy life is being healthy. Of course, yes, this does mean exercising and eating right and I’ll talk more about that in a minute, but it’s more about listening to your mind and your body and being kind to yourself. It’s sort of ironic that it’s so easy to forget to take care of ourselves during the holidays–especially holiday travels.
So I’d like to share a couple quick thoughts with any of y’all who may be on the road or flying or otherwise traveling to see family or friends over the next few weeks.
1. Feed your body right.
Okay, no, I am not going to tell you to stay away from all that yummy holiday food. Go for it! But remember a perspective of balance! I focus on balance in my diet not because I’m actually dieting or anything like that, but simply because it feels better! I promise that eating an applesauce or crackers on an airplane will feel better in your belly than snacking on chips…and then you can save room for yummy desserts once you get to your family! If you’re flying on an airplane, I’m also a big believer in taking vitamin C supplements to boost your immune system. You can get little packets at drug stores an mix them right into your water. That way you can make sure you won’t spend your whole vacation with a nasty cold!
2. Adopt a mantra to get through family time.
Yes, we all love our families…but sometimes it’s really hard to like our families, and we need a little extra patience, especially after living with ten people in a three bedroom house for a week and everyone is tired of hearing Uncle “So-and-So” snore. Before you visit, choose a phrase or Bible verse to be your intention for your visit. One of my favorites is Ephesians 4:2.
3. Prioritize “me time.”
On family holidays, I know how easy it is to feel like you constantly have to be with other people. But if you’re an introvert like me, this can be super frustrating + might lead you to be more irritable and not really enjoy your family time. When I’m traveling with family, I try to be super intentional about making excuses to get a little time to myself everyday. That might be taking a nap, or going for a walk by myself or heading in a little early for the night. But don’t forget, you can have “me time” while being around other people too. Sometimes I’ll bring a book and read on the couch next to my grandmother while she reads. It’s not about being antisocial; it’s about recharging yourself to be truly in the moment with family again.
I hope these tips can help y’all have a better time with your family these next few weeks! If you’d like to read more of my path to living a happier + more passion-filled life, I would be thrilled if you’d stop by Call Me Sassafras and say hello! A big thanks to Gina for letting me takeover the blog for today. Merry Christmas, lovelies!
Are you traveling this Christmas?! How do you make sure you don’t get burnt out on all the busyness?