With the second week of December coming to an end, I thought a few tips for surviving the holiday crazy were in order. Plus, it’s a good reminder for myself 😉
1. Keep it Simple:
I know that in actually days, February is the shortest month of year, but it sure feels like December is the shortest! Somewhere between parties, work, prepping for the holiday celebrations, and change of routines it can get a little busy and the month flies by. It never fails that I run out of days and am scrambling at the last minute.
This year, I am trying something new. I am simplifying everything and one area that I consistently get overwhelmed is gift giving. So I talked to loved ones about not giving gifts this year, aade a short list of who I was giving gifts to and budget. This works for me because even though I would love to give everyone gifts it stresses me out, which turns into let me buy you this thing without much thought about it. And that is not what I want the holidays or gift giving to be about.
There are many ways to simplify the holidays. You could do a potluck dinner instead of making every dish for the big celebration. Select the holiday celebrations you most want to go to. However you decide to simplify, the key is that it needs to remove some pressure. Focus on what the holiday or celebrating is about for you.
2. Take time for Yourself:
This is so important and often overlooked! Most of us are so busy taking care of others we forget to take care of ourselves. And if we are running on empty then it will not only affect our health, but it just makes everything harder, stressful, and not as fun.
So take a moment for you. This may be a bath, reading a book, watching a favorite show, or going to bed early. Whatever your “taking care of myself” thing is, do it. Make time for it regularly. Like every day or do your best to get in every other day. The key is to make time for you.
3. Ask for Help!
This one is hard for me. I suspect I am not alone either. Every so often, I put so much pressure on myself and start thinking the world will not turn without my help. Funny story, it will and life often continues on without my help 😉 Usually this happens when I am not taking time for myself (see above) and I stop asking for support.
Ask for help and if someone says no, find someone who can help out. I am constantly amazed at the people who want to support me.
4. Say no!
To get to the point, say no. The easiest way to keep from overwhelming yourself is to think about how you want to spend your time and energy. If an invite to a party, coffee date, or family function is too much then say no. People who are hosting, want to know who is attending and what to expect. While they may be disappointed you are not coming, most prefer advance notice. The flip side is to say yes and either cancel at the last minute or go and be annoyed you are there. Just say no and communicate it, and then go enjoy your holiday.
5. Don’t Skimp on your Health:
This is the one area that I often see people ditch completely in December and it is so important. Like taking time for yourself, good health is key to not feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Also, it will keep you from catching the office or kid sickness currently making the rounds.
Keep to your exercise routine. Eat a balance diet (veggies, fruit, protein, and plenty of healthy fats). Aim for healthy eating 80% of the time and indulge 20% of the time. Thus, that means skipping the cookies, fruitcake, and other holiday goodies most of the time. Drink lots and lots of water. Sleep. Laugh. Practice Random Acts of Kindness. All of these will add up to your optimal health and wellness.
How do you take care of yourself during the holidays? Got a tip for surviving the holiday crazy? Post it below!
Merry and Balanced,
Mrs. Know it All