Holiday Season is such a busy time. Kids have school projects coming due. There are band concerts and chorus shows to attend. Have you got all your baking done yet? Then the meal planning and the visiting schedule have yet to be worked out. Oh, and how are those resolutions coming along? It never ends does it? It’s easy to get overworked and stressed out on a daily basis. I know it happens a lot to me. I can easily forget unless I write the reminders down.
Here are five quick and easy ways to take care of yourself this month.
1. Turn off all the phones and electronic devices for an evening. Play a board game as a family or go see the lights. Plan something besides the norm. We all need a change of pace once in awhile.
2.Don’t put up all your decorations. Go through them and donate what you really don’t want or need. We were pushed into this by accident. We adopted two cats this summer so this is their first Christmas. We didn’t want the ornaments to be ruined so we only put on lights and ribbon. The ribbon has already been pulled off by the cats. Thankfully they have not tried to climb the tree yet.
3. Just say no. You don’t need to go to your cousins house for the day after Christmas extended family celebration. You don’t have to go to your families Christmas and then drive like a bat out of hell to your spouses family 4 hours later. Take a holiday off.
4.Give less gifts. Your sanity and wallet will thank you. Does your sister really need more potholders? I know they have kitties on them and that just screams her but let someone else get them. In my family we have this rule that once a person hits 18 they no longer get gifts. If you are over 18 the next time you get a gift is for graduation, marriage, new home, or birth of a child. No more holidays.
5. Have a different meal than normal. A huge Christmas meal with all the trimmings? I know you can make it potluck. I just get tired of it all. So how about a lasagna or pizza instead of ham or turkey? It doesn’t have to be crazy!
I hope these self care ideas help. I know they technically are not traditional self care ideas like getting a pedicure. Sometimes you just have to cut down or not do anything as a form of self preservation. Good luck.