Friday, December 4, 2015

More On How To Ditch The Guilt And Enjoy The Holidays

Hello my friends!

How is everyone's December going so far? It's finally feeling like winter here in the 'ville. Brrrrr! No snow yet, though (which is fine by me!).

In my last
few posts, I've shared some ideas about how important it is to really enjoy this time of year and focus on the things that are important, in stead of getting caught up in all the craziness:
  • Enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday (Skip the Guilt)
    • Still applicable now for Holiday gatherings or just this whole month!
  • The Holidays Are Here: Our Christmas Bucket List
    • It's helpful to be intentional about what you want to do this Holiday season. Focus on the things you really want to do with friends or family to make this time special.
    • (Did anybody catch Rudolph on TV this week?  We did - one of our favorites, as evidenced by our Rudolph and Yukon Cornelius bobble-heads!! Please excuse the bad photo quality :))

Here are just a few more thoughts to help you keep your sanity this month:
  • Ditch the guilt!
    • This is my favorite saying (other than "just breathe!").  Life's too short to feel guilty about stuff, especially things that really don't matter in the big picture!  Who really cares if you don't get all of your decorations put up, or if you ate some Christmas cookies.  Do/eat the things you love, enjoy them, and don't worry about the rest.  Remember - Life is short, enjoy it!!
  • Nobody is perfect, so stop holding yourself to that standard!  
    • As I've mentioned before, I have a tendency to like things to be a certain way or have certain expectations of things I want to do.  However, sometimes there just isn't time or a way to get them done just so, and I've learned that it's okay to just let that stuff go. For example, if you like to wrap every present with special paper, ribbons and bows - you know what?  Sometimes it's okay to just use a gift bag. The recipient most likely won't know the difference or won't care!  If you don't have time or energy, just let it go.
  • Be patient!
    • There are a lot of opportunities to be impatient and get frustrated this time of year (traffic backed up for seemingly no reason, shopping at the crowded mall, waiting in line to see Santa, etc). This is the perfect time to practice your mindful breathing - it doesn't do you or those around you any good to get all worked up about something that is out of your control!
  • It's okay to say no.  
    • To save your sanity, some things may just have to be skipped this year, and that's okay!  If you normally have your Christmas cards ready to send each year right after Thanksgiving, but this year it's just not happening, skip it!  For that example, send them in the new year when you have more time  - people will enjoy hearing from you even if it's after the fact! 
  • Also, remember that "No" is a complete sentence.  
    • You don't have to explain yourself to others.  If you can't make a party (or choose not to go), just say no. "Thank you for the invite, but I can't make it this time" is perfectly sufficient - you really don't owe others an explanation. 
  • Don't forget to take care of you!
    • Aside from general self care that is important year round, the holidays are a tough time of year for a lot of people. If that's you, please be kind to yourself and take care of your needs. Ask for help if you need it. The wonderful thing about this time of year is how giving people really are, but sometimes they don't know what to do, or may not know that you're struggling.  
  • And take care of each other!
    • Be mindful of others and what they're going through.  If you have a family/friend gathering, invite someone who doesn't have plans to come with you.  Some of the best holiday gatherings I remember are when we've had families or friends who didn't have a place to go join us.  
Most importantly, have fun (remember, life is short)!  No matter what your religious beliefs are, let's share the Christmas spirit with other - we're all in this together, right? And if this is a tough time for you and you want someone to talk to, let me know

Is there something you can let go of this year to make your holiday less stressful?  Please share in the comments. 

Have a great week! :)

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