The holidays are the best and the worst. It’s difficult to balance all of our responsibilities with the fact that it is supposed to be a happy and relaxing time. Here are some tips to help keep you on track and sane during this festive and crazy season.
Despite popular belief everyone doesn’t actually NEED a pile of perfection. Find a meaningful balance. It’s going to be much better in the long run for people to receive a gift they love versus a whole bunch of stuff they just kind of like. This will save you time and money. Just make a list and decide what each person is getting. Be careful not to fall into the DIY trap of gifting. DIY gifts can be great but they can also be time consuming and expensive. Only go the DIY route if it’s worth the time and money, it’s all about balance.
Make sure you are getting enough sleep during the holiday season. You will be traveling and visiting with lots of people and sleep deprivation is a great way to end up grumpy. If this is the one time each year you get to see your cousins from Detroit don’t let it be ruined because you didn’t get enough sleep. Taking proper precautions while traveling is a good idea as well. You might be sleeping in unfamiliar places with noises and lights you are not used to. Pack some ear plugs and an eye mask. That good night’s sleep will make a world of difference when the stress of the season starts to weigh on you.
Eat as healthy as you can. Stress and weight gain during the holiday season go hand in hand. If you are going to be stressed do not add bad fuel to the fire. Eat lots of fruit and veggies to keep yourself running! A healthy choice now can mean lots of good energy and health benefits down the road; it’s a long road, keep at it! Don’t forget that vitamins and nutrient rich shakes can help you keep on track during this busy time as well. If you can’t actually get a bunch of healthy food in your system add some supplements. Being stressed and tired can lead to more than just a few extra pounds. You don’t want to end up sick on top of all your responsibilities.
You may want to visit every set of grandparents and every aunt and uncle but there is a good chance that is just going to leave everyone feeling miserable. Group people together as much as possible and minimize “day of” travel. Enjoy the moments that you have with your immediate family at home. Allow your children to enjoy the time that they have to play with their toys and eat their meals without being rushed. It’s supposed to be a fun and relaxing family time. Focus on doing what you can and not what you think you NEED to do. You can focus on seeing out of town relatives and make nearby family a priority after the holiday/before the holiday. They were once in your shoes and they know it can be difficult to get three smiling kids into their itchy wool sweaters and into the car on time. Cut out the unnecessary trips anything that is not adding TONS of joy to your day should be avoided.