5 Tips for Keeping Your Holiday Sanity

by Katelyn Block on December 20, 2012 · 21 comments

So, I love pancakes.

Chocolate Paleo Pancakes

You can’t blame me. Mmm. Chocolate.

In the morning.

I’m about it.

I used my grain-free (paleo) pancake recipe, and added 1 tbsp. of Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa powder. A little heavy-handed on the chocolate chips. Fine widdit.

Guys, I’m so excited about life right now.

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Not just because these vitamins make me feel like superwoman.

But I am SO jacked up about life because I am currently writing cover letters for Social Media and Community Manager positions. What’s incredible about this passion that I’ve been cultivating for almost three years, is that I’ve gained the knowledge and experience I need in order to be an effective, enthusiastic, and fresh addition to a social media team.

All I know is that I’m incredibly confident in my abilities, and my heart is thumping out of my chest with excitement. I could barely sleep last night because ideas were coming to me all night long. Finally, I had to get up and start typing up the most exciting cover letter (position-wise). It felt so good. It felt so right. All I can hope for is that my cover letter and my abilities speak for themselves.

We’ll see where this life takes me.

Let’s talk about some of the things that keep me sane lately.

Rocketfish Mobile iPhone Armband

Like this new toy. Now I have no excuses to avoid doing sprints.

1. Being active; often. Lately, I can’t go to CrossFit twice a day, but staying active around the apartment and around town helps my energy levels and releases a significant amount of endorphins. Taking a break from working and doing air squats and push-ups. Double-unders in the living room. Heading to CrossFit down the road for a quick workout. Either way, staying active (whether it be at the gym or “by accident”), keep your muscles fired up. Stay-at-home tip? If you’re folding laundry, do wall sits. If you’re waiting for food to cook, do air squats, wall sits, push-ups, and sit-ups. Boom.

2. Background noise. For some reason I’m a thousand times more productive when there’s Mozart, a podcast (like Balanced Bites), YouTube videos, or Zac Brown Band playing in the background. This might be why: a study performed at the University of British Columbia showed that people around a “moderate volume of background noise (70 decibels)” (comparable to the noise level at a coffee shop) were more creatively productive than those that experienced significantly lower or higher noise. Think: a silent house or construction outside your window, respectively. So, take that extra step, and head to the coffee shop for a few hours, or play some white noise. You can thank me later.

3. Balance. When I talk about balance, I mean everything in life. The food we eat. The people we see. The activities we perform. The music we listen to. Where there is yin, there must be yang. Especially when we’re in a period of time called “the holidays”, where cookies are around every corner and fear of losing every brain marble abounds. Around this time, I like to concentrate on getting my vegetables (at least once or twice a day, people), consuming adequate protein, and getting extra healthy fats to avoid craving sweets. Listening to Mozart in the morning, and bass-concentrated workout playlists in the afternoon. Seeing friends during the day, and calling my Mom at night. Relaxing and stretching during the day, and heading to CrossFit to lift heavy in the early evening. Balance. Yin and yang. Sanity.

4. Good friends. The other night, my Mom asked me: “Kate, do you have supportive friends there?” I told her yes. I am so lucky to have good friends that believe in what I do, what I love, and know that I can succeed. Either because I’m stubborn, or because I’m just so determined. A good friend will listen to you ramble about something that makes you sad, happy, or confused, and will either ease your pain and confusion, or simultaneously give you a piece of reality. And they will always be excited with you. Hold these people close. You never know when a diamond in the rough will land in your lap.

5. Good family. Since I’ve been living on my own for a couple of years, I’ve begun to appreciate my family more and more. What my parents have to teach me. That they’re real people. That they actually know a thing or two about life and are a vault of invaluable information. But also, that there comes a time when you do want to go home and bond with your family; teach them what you’ve learned. Pet your dog. Eat a meal that you didn’t make yourself. Give your little sister some advice because, turns out, you’ve actually learned a thing or two over the years. Being a mentor and appreciating those who have mentored you are two of the best feelings in the world. Love makes the world go round.

Stay tuned for a Greatist-Ambassador-Style list of holiday sanity tips!
Sources: The WeekThe Guardian UK


What keeps you sane during the holidays? In general?
Spread a little love today – perform an act of kindness for a stranger. It’s the season of giving; the least we can do is love one another, especially when it’s unexpected.

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Lea @ Greens and Coffee Beans December 20, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Good luck in your job hunt! It’s so exciting that you’re going out and pursuing something you’re so passionate about! You know it’s good when you get excited to write a cover letter! I hate writing cover letters.
I’m with you on all ways you stay sane, I definitely start to get a little crazy when I’m missing one of those. I also think some dedicated time to yourself is a sanity saver too, whether it’s a yoga class, some time spent reading, or whatever, when we’re surrounded by family and craziness during the holidays a few minutes for yourself everyday is so helpful.


Katelyn Block December 20, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Thank you!! These cover letters are fun. And exciting. Almost like writing a blog post. ;)


Heather @ Better With Veggies December 20, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Wow – there’s a study that shows many people are more productive with noise? I knew I worked best that way, but it’s always cool to hear I’m not totally crazy. :)


Katelyn Block December 20, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Right?! You’re not alone. ;)


Courtney @ Journey of a Dreamer December 20, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Such good tips. and hooray for pancakes! and chocolate!


Katelyn Block December 20, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Chocolate… in the morning! <3


Gillian December 20, 2012 at 2:35 PM

I think it is so incredibly brave that you are breaking away from what is “normal” to follow your bliss. Takes major guts!


Katelyn Block December 20, 2012 at 10:47 PM

THANK YOU lady! Means so much. Truly.


Laura @ Mommy Run Fast December 20, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Awesome news on the job applications- best of luck!! I use most of these tips, too. I love the one about adding fitness in all day long. I’ve been sitting most of the morning, and just got down to do some push ups when I read this. :)


Katelyn Block December 20, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Thank you! WOO GIRL don’t the pushups feel so good?!


Sarah @Pickyrunner December 20, 2012 at 3:07 PM

I hope you get the job! You definitely have the skills and knowledge needed for any social media position. Just look at how successful your blog has become! That’s something to be proud of in and of itself!
Those pancakes look amazing. Just sayin’


Katelyn Block December 20, 2012 at 10:48 PM

THANK YOU so much! Words of encouragement mean so much. Thank you.


Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 20, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Good luck with the job hunt! If you’re excited about writing a cover letter, that’s GOT to be a good sign… ;)


Katelyn Block December 20, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Right?! It can only bring good things. :)


Victoria December 20, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Good luck with the jobs you are applying for!!


Katelyn Block December 20, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Thank you!!


Kacie Phillips December 20, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Well, obviously you’re going to be a ROCKSTAR in the job hunt… just like everything else! xoxo you rock lady!


Katelyn Block December 20, 2012 at 10:55 PM

THANK YOU lovie!


Ashley @ Sweat for Sweets December 21, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Good luck with the job! With your blog and all that you do, I’m sure your passion will come through! Have a happy holiday season and thanks for the tips :)


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