Yeah come on, you feel it?? Don't you?
I know both Shannon and I are feeling it! The running around of normal kid events such as scouting, swimming, hockey, hockey and oh more hockey. Then you can add in festive parties, church events, friend get togethers, extended family outings and its a recipe for over load. Oh and lets not forget to add that rush to the mall because you need to buy more. Then there is the search for the perfect gift, oh and fitting in some holiday baking somewhere in your chaotic schedule too!!!
I know its that way in this household lately.
What can we do to have less stress and more balance.
1. slow down. You don't have to say "yes" to every event. I know its hard, but sometimes its just impossible.
2. everything in moderation. You don't have to over do the food or alcohol. Although we all want to at certain events (especially if we have energy vampires there) but really everything in moderation. Including food. Don't go and not enjoy, but don't over do it. You'll thank yourself later!
3. forget perfection. It is not the time of year to worry about every last little detail if your entertaining. Just go with the flow. Remember people aren't there to visit your house, they are there to visit YOU.
4. remain positive. If you have to deal with family/friends that you know are going to upset you, don't go thinking this is going to be horrible. It will be whatever you think it to be. The key to dealing with that kind of issues is having a positive attitude.
5. take time. Make sure you take time this holiday season to enjoy something you like doing. Relax, go for a walk, go shopping (only if it doesn't stress you lol) but do something for you! Massage, reflexology, hair/nail appointment. Something fun that you will enjoy!!!
6. keep the meaning. What does Christmastime mean to you? Keep that spirit of Christmas alive! To me its the magic of Christmas, the joy, and the birth of Jesus. This is what we keep alive in our house. Whatever the meaning is for you, keep it!
7. keep it simple. Commercialism has taken over a lot of Christmas, but it doesn't have too. You don't have to spend till your broke! Remember that sometimes the best Christmastime memories are events/people not the gifts!
8. ENJOY. Remember to live in the moment, stop worrying about tomorrow. Just enjoy the season and all its magic.
Smile ....and have a wonderful few weeks leading up to Christmas!