Friday, April 12, 2024

5 Tips to Survive the Holidays

No running in circles required

If, like me, you’re wondering how on earth the holidays are almost upon us, you’re in the right place.

Crazy isn’t it that we say this same thing every year and yet every year, we have the same 365 days to prepare for it. But life happens, stuff gets in the way and we just. get. busy!

So here are my no-nonsense tips to surviving the holidays and keeping your relationships intact, whether with your children, parents, friends, colleagues or spouse (or your cat, dog or mouse 😼🐶🐭).

  1. Be still – I’m serious. Stop, breathe – really breathe – like deep into-the-belly breaths.
  2. Take just 10 minutes to do what you love – Don’t have 10 minutes? Pick up the phone and call a trusted human to relieve you of your busyness for 10 minutes. If they care for you at all, they’ll do it and you can return the favour when they need it. Don’t know what you love to do? Jot the first 3 things that come to mind and start there.
  3. Move your bodyI can hear you asking ‘how’? My answer? Any how – just move until you’re laughing. This time, feel free to involve your kids, spouse, friends, family or colleagues!
  4. Get outdoors – or at the very least, open a window and if that’s not possible, listen to your favourite music.
  5. Read – Whether a one line inspirational quote, a fantasy escapism or enlightening nonfiction, take the time to read because it gives your mind a rest from thinking, thinking, thinking non-stop.

Repeat daily.


What you do everyday,


determines your reality.


At the beginning of the year, I made a promise to myself to spend more time outdoors and this quote really hit home, reminding me why it was important:

“Nature is my medicine” –Sara Moss-Wolfe

We all know we should do more of what we love, and it is essential at this crazy time of year to do the things that are important to us. Yes, family is important, but YOU are important first.

  • Be still
  • Take 10 minutes
  • Move your body
  • Get outdoors
  • Read

How will you incorporate these 5 tips into your daily life? Because they are non-negotiable for your mental wellbeing.

If you’re looking for an easy read that you can dip in and out of a few minutes at a time, my friend Barbara Randell’s latest book, Mansfield House, is a sweet and clean romance set in South Australia’s Copper Triangle. The story echoes of Jane Austen’s novel, Mansfield Park. 

The heroine is Fran Price, an orphan who has been living with her aunt’s family for years. We follow her as she learns to defy those family members who resent her presence, and begins to fight for her own happiness. I think you can see why this is a good choice as we each fight for our own happiness too.

You’ll find the link to Mansfield House here: Paperback or eBook (it’s my current read btw).

I do hope today’s 5 quick tips help you find peace in the busyness of, what should be, a joyous season. Let me know if you have other tips to share for our readers to benefit from as well.

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                                                                      Madame Le Feur ↖

PS: I had so much fun with all these images, I just had to post them all LOL.

PPS: Need help selecting the perfect gift for the book lover in your life? I’m excited to offer gift packages Australia-wide, tailored to personal interests, along with my memoir; signed if you’d like!

And if you live overseas from Australia, grab a copy at the link below:

EN ROUTE The Best is Yet To Be

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