The holiday season is fast approaching and we all know what happens. We overload ourselves with plans and activities whether it involves our kids or our own friends. Our calendars fill up with social events for which we promise to bake and help decorate for and we have to squeeze our family in there somewhere. Basically we run around like chickens with our heads cut off.
It is so easy to become overwhelmed and even a bit depressed during the holidays even though there is so much to keep you busy and so much to be happy about. So many of us are people pleasers. We want to be available to help everyone! The key is to find a balance to keep our sanity and our happiness.
- Make plans for what you know you can handle and avoid booking more than one event in one day. I know this is unavoidable sometimes because you do not set the date for an event. Plan around it if possible.
- When decorating and baking it is ok to take shortcuts. You do not have to spend a fortune to make yummy appetizers or have a beautifully decorated home.
- Do not be afraid to delegate some of the work out to others. It helps take some of the stress off of you.
- Plan on taking a day for yourself. NO planning, baking, decorating or entertaining! After attending all the school parties, adult parties, family get togethers you need a break! A quiet dinner out or at home eating carry out with your husband might be a nice change of pace. A nice quiet bubble bath can take the edge off of a busy week.
- It is alright to say “no”. If you feel like you are booked until the next century politely turn down the event. People will understand.
It is important to take care of yourself during the holidays and enjoy your friends and family. It is really hard to do that effectively when we overextend ourselves. Enjoy all of your activities this holiday season, but remember to take some time for yourself as well!