It will soon be Halloween and around here, some radio stations begin playing Christmas music the day after. So, in my mind, the holiday season starts the day after Halloween. That is usually when the Black Friday ads start being leaked and when I start planning out what everyone is getting for Christmas. The problem with all of this is the expectation of making the holidays perfect. This unrealistic expectation can leave you running in circles and accomplishing little. That is why it is important to pace yourself because if you don’t, you will find yourself in a heap on the bed after it is all over.
Last year, I came back home after the last Christmas event and I literally collapsed on the stairs. It literally took 2 weeks of bedrest to recover. This happened because I had pushed myself way too hard. I am determined not to repeat that episode again this year. So I have devised some tips. These tips will help you pace yourself during the hectic holiday season.
10 Ways to Pace Yourself During the Holidays:
- Be Realistic – Do not plan more than you know you can accomplish. Determine what is really important and skip the other things.
- Do not over schedule – If you do not have the energy to go to 3 drop in parties in one afternoon, then don’t go to three! Pick the one that is the most important and go to that one.
- Learn to say “NO” – If someone asks you to participate in something that you know you will not have the energy for, say no and apologize. It really is ok to tell someone no.
- Decide what is really important – You may like hand wrapping all of the presents in coordinated paper and bows but using bags can me easier. Is it really THAT important to wrap them instead of putting them in bags? The paper ends up ripped to shreds in a matter of minutes so the answer is that it isn’t really that important!
- Change traditions to match your energy levels – In the past you may have prepared an entire Thanksgiving meal with a 100 dishes and desserts. Pick which ones are the most special and cut out the others. If someone has anything to say about it, then tell them to bring the item they will miss. Or better yet, turn it into a Potluck and ask everyone to bring a side and a dessert. It is more important that you are able to enjoy the family time.
'Pace yourself: The best moments of the season will be those you live in not rush through!' -unknown
- Shop Online – I love Black Friday shopping! I love the hustle and the frantic crowds. (some may think I am crazy here) But did you know that a lot of those sales are available online and sometimes hours before the stores open? It varies by each store but there is a chance that the items you want are available online. So, do your research because it may save you from standing in line for hours.
- Pay for wrapping for online orders – If the stores you are ordering from offer wrapping services, take advantage of this. (if the budget has room for it) This is definitely be a time saver because all you have to do is open the box, label it and put it under the tree!
- Order online for out of town family and have it shipped to them – This is a big one! It seems like a no-brainer but it just hit me last year to do this! I ordered gifts for my mom and several others from Amazon last year. I paid for wrapping and had it shipped directly to her. The wrapping fee was covered by what I would have spent in mailing things to her and it saved me from having to stand in line at the post office!
- Get plenty of rest – On the week leading up to big events, make sure you are getting plenty of rest. If you are already rum down, those events will just make things worse.
- Make a list of the things you need to get done – Nothing can make my anxiety soar like having a bunch to do and having it all running around in my head at 90 mph. Writing it down takes my brain out of the equation. We all know there is something great about seeing things get checked off the list!
So, here is my list of 10 Ways to Pace Yourself During the Holidays. I hope that you find them helpful even though most of them are pretty simple. Each simple thing adds up to time and energy saved.
My goal for this year is to not have a physical collapse when it is all over! What tips would you add to this list? Please comment below with any tips and tricks for how to pace yourself during the holidays!
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