The holidays add extra activities and extra stress to already busy lives. It’s a marathon of gifts and giving, baking and sharing, and decorating and wrapping. There’s planning and executing of lots of activities. The joy intended can often devolve into obligations. How do we keep the happy in happy holidays?
On Dasher, on Dancer: Continue on self care
Keep up with your self care through the holidays. Get to bed on time. Attend your pilates class. Drink plenty of water. All these ways you take care of yourself keep your spirits and energy up. These activities also keep your routine in place during this busy time.
The Twelve Days of Christmas: calendar it all
Your planner is crucial during the holiday season. Add all your invitations, special events and activities right away. Next add in dates for cookie baking, gift shopping, decorating and other holiday related tasks. Finally add in time to rest and rejuvenate. A calendar can be your guide for all holiday actions.
Silver Bells: Stick to your budget
During this gift giving season, it’s easy to justify extra gifts and purchasing. Start with a financial plan and stick to it while you shop. It’s especially easy to overdo your purchasing online. Make it easy to stick to your budget with a gift giving list. Homemade gifts can help you stick to your budget too.
Santa Claus is coming to town: Find your elves to delegate
One of the most important ways to get through a long holiday list is to delegate. Start with small things, like purchasing cookies. Add on a helper who can wrap. Gather your family and ask who wants to do what job and post the list to check off. Be creative about who to delegate to and when to delegate. Delegating can be the hardest part of the holidays but the benefits of a team effort makes it worthwhile.
Dreaming of a White Christmas: Let go of perfectionism
We have an idea in our head just how perfect every part of our holiday season might be. It could be the delicious food, the 10 foot elegantly decorated tree, or the gifts wrapped with big bows. Think about the one thing that makes this holiday so special for you. Host a family meeting for your family to find out and share what’s most special to them. By simplifying your holiday and prioritizing what’s most important, you share the joy of the holiday season.