On any given December day, we could all fill in that blank with different adjectives…am I right?
For me, I am coming to grips with the realization that the days are disappearing, and how did we reach December already? The familiar recording plays off in my head. It's easy to feel overwhelmed by all the to-do's, budget constraints, social events and family obligations.
Here are my tried holiday survival tips:
Selecting your traditions
Not all family traditions need to followed by your family. You can decide which ones are right for your family and which new ones you'd rather create.
Write down the parts of the holidays that you really love and make you happy. In another list write down the parts that stress you out or you hate. Which ones are you prioritizing?
In-laws and large families can complicate matters and make it feel impossible to say no. Perhaps compromise is not as far off as you think. Everyone can use a break and talking to your family about simplifying or changing plans is usually not as tough as I thought it would be. If emotions run deep remember that the other person also wants the love and compassion that you are looking for. Re-affirming that you all love eachother (and if not eachother, at least the kids) and you will do what it takes so everyone has time together, but that this year you'd like to try something new.
Schedule some you time. This is mandatory.
Whether that’s a bath, a gym date not missed, a walk during lunch that does not involve errands, or a coffee with a bestie. These simple gestures can often be enough to re-charge our batteries and bring us back down to our equilibrium. A happier QueenBee has a happier home.
Fuel for the Marathon
You can't run on empty and expect to manage it all with the precision and grace you expect of yourself. By empty I don't mean skipping meals, I mean empty calories that you get from sugary foods and highly caffeinated drinks. No one wants to gain extra weight over the holidays, and I am not going to preach about not eating any holiday baking.
I believe in eating in the holiday baking! That's one of the special parts of the season. It's on my list of what I LOVE, because it's holiday baking, and we don't get this other times of the year. Enjoying these moments of life is what makes our lives full. However…fuel your day with healthy choices – that's greens and veggies, probiotics and nutrient-dense calories such as avocados, whole grains and vegetables so your digestive and immune system will have the power it needs to counteract the sugar.
Find healthy substitutions in your baking and be selective of what you choose to eat – what will enter and feed your QueenBee goddess body? For every sugary indulgence and alcoholic drink will take it's toll on you somehow.
Ultimately we all want to spend time with our loved ones and create happy memories for our kids. Holidays are not only for the kids to enjoy they are for you too!