Last week, I had something every day at my kiddo's school, two holiday parties, 23 gifts to buy and an elf to move each night. This week, I have two work meetings, three winter celebrations, 19 gifts to still buy, as well as I need to get packed for our annual trip to the grandparents and, yes, continue to move that elf each night.
I know we've chatted a lot about the holidays, creating new traditions, what to wear to parties, how to save money by making some DIY gifts...and all of it is terrific, but dang, there is a lot of it, eh? I'm finding myself not slowing down, not having enough time to savor the essence of the holidays in those little moments.
It's not fun, all of this rushing and, this year, more than in years past, I'm really trying to slow down my own pace. It isn't easy, folks, I know, so I'm attempting just three little tweaks to hopefully put the kibosh on the hectic frenzy.
1. Scale back. Whether it is gifts or parties, I am just not doing as much. How can you do this too? Maybe go out for your holiday dinner instead of cooking at home. Do you need decorations in every room and all up and down the staircase? Can you send an e-card to wish folks "Happy holidays!" instead of spending time addressing 150 envelopes? See where you can cut back on time and energy. Me? I said "no" to a few invites.
2. Limit each day's activities. I think, "What do I really need to do?" on any given day. So, I have deadlines, I have certain obligations at Kiddo's school she needs me to attend (and, of course, I want to be there). I make a list of those basic tasks for each day, and then only add one or two more things -- and that is all I am doing that day. It leaves room if something pops up (which is always does, natch).
3. Devote one hour to me. Whether it is napping or taking a bath or reading, I am taking one hour each day to recharge. With everything that goes on this time of year, I get hopped up on caffeine and adrenaline and the busyness of it all, this hour to relax lets me "knock down" my thoughts and my body.
Are you rushing around more than ever? How do you slow down the holiday craziness?
Going to baseball games
Riding bike rides in the nice weather
Playing outside after work/school
Going for walks outside