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Smarter Living: Juggling time at holidays

Posted by on Dec. 3, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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We've just begun December and I'm already feeling it. It being Holiday Burnout. School fests, office parties, the search (online and off) for gifts, getting that holiday photo taken...all while doing our normal Life Stuff.  Holiday Burn Out, ladies. I bet your kids will start to show signs of it too. But there is a remedy.

Hubbawubba writes: I feel every December we get so busy with people visiting and holiday gatherings, that we don't really have time to connect or recharge or be together and concentrate on what the holidays are all about: family, love, peace.  I'm definitely not feeling peaceful. I'm feeling rushed. I'm trying to cut back on what we do, but that doesn't seem to be working. Any ideas?

When the ho ho ho jolliness turns to a frazzled rush, and you find yourself scurrying around faster than a flying reindeer on Red Bull, it's time to break out the Time Manipulator 2000. What? You don't have one? Right, I don't either. Since we can't alter time (just yet), we have to find ways to seem like we do.

-- Don't pack too much into one day. It's Sunday: you have two holiday parties, a list a mile long of presents to order online, and two dozen holiday cookies to bake for the school bake sale tomorrow. That is too much. Break that list into a few you do each day and set a time limit for how long you spend at each party.

-- Keep it simple. Whether it is buying premade cookie dough (or store-made cookies) or deciding this year, you are just going to get everyone's gift at Barnes and Noble that wraps and ships it for you for free, simplify your tasks.

-- Look at the calendar and block off Nothing Days. At least two or three days, have nothing planned. Even if it means you say no to something, that day of nothing can turn into something pretty special for your family...an impromptu skating trip, a lazy day of watching movies and eating popcorn on the couch and snuggling. 

-- Keep the weekly routine going as much as possible. If you find your family's weekends are jammed with activities and festive functions already, then keep the weekday routine clear and the same ol', same ol'. This helps everyone from feeling the burnout.

How do you juggle the crazy holiday schedule?

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by on Dec. 3, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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Sophie4910
by on Dec. 3, 2012 at 12:01 AM
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SOA tonight!!
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by Trica on Dec. 3, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Just don't let it stress me!!
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ashleymosq
by Ruby Member on Dec. 3, 2012 at 5:57 AM

Thankfully I don't really have a crazy holiday schedule. We don't have to go visit family because we live near all of the family that we really speak to. I don't bake anything or have to send off presents. 

Thank you for sharing.

momofsixangels
by Colleen on Dec. 3, 2012 at 7:20 AM

I always stress

SarahSuzyQ
by Sarah on Dec. 3, 2012 at 7:20 AM
I'm feeling the crazy schedule too... I try to protect at least one weekend afternoon for family time. A whole day (as suggested above) might be difficult right now!
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Teeshann
by Member on Dec. 3, 2012 at 7:22 AM

i try to get all my shopping done long before december hits. i shop toy sales all year long. this year i found some great find on clearance and have all our family gifts done before summer even ended.

BeachMommy07
by on Dec. 3, 2012 at 7:53 AM

I don't really have a crazy holiday schedule. I do things at my own pace..always have. lol.

Flaca43
by Ruby Member on Dec. 3, 2012 at 8:28 AM

 I am having a crazy time right now, feeling like I can't get anything done really. I want to do so much, but basically can't because of my newborn and I feel guilty about it. I am starting to ask for some help with things like decorating and putting up the tree from my DF. So that is how I am dealing right now...a little bit of help for things...only from DF though...and that is hard for me to do because I feel I should be doing everything.

jerzeetomato
by on Dec. 3, 2012 at 8:48 AM

 Some great advice!  I took a do nothing day Saturday with DD, and it was really  nice.  We strolled a local market, got iced coffees and did some leisurely shopping.  None of it really planned, and then later in the evening we went to a zumba dance party just for fun. 

momma-flynn
by Greta on Dec. 3, 2012 at 8:55 AM
I try to keep things simple & stress free
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