Staying Sane Through the Holiday Rush
The holidays always seem to fly by. We’re so busy planning parties, decorating our homes, attending school concerts and church programs, preparing meals and goodies, going to family gathering after family gathering, purchasing last minute gifts (the list goes on and on…). Sometimes we, especially moms, forget to take time for ourselves. And without that time to relax, reflect, and just breathe, we may miss the significance of special moments that make wonderful holiday memories.
So, even as you selflessly work to make the holidays spectacular for everyone else, remember that the holidays are for you to enjoy, too. Here are a few tips to follow to make sure that, even during the busiest times of the year, you are keeping your life in balance and taking care of yourself:
- Define your priorities. Decide what is most important for you and your family, and don’t let others tell you differently. Once you know what’s important in your life, it’s easier to know when to say yes and when to say no. There’s only so much time in the day…remember that saying “yes” to one activity is saying “no” to another.
- Know when you’re at your best. Morning people should schedule important tasks in the morning, while those who take a while to wake up and get going should use afternoons for their most demanding projects. When your energy is low, do things that don’t demand as much brainpower…fold laundry, scrub the bathroom, wrap gifts, address Christmas cards.
- Take a break. When you feel overworked and overloaded, refresh yourself with a 10 or 15-minute walk, devotion, or relaxing moment of complete silence.
- Assign household tasks to other family members. Kids can do laundry, dust, vacuum, set the table, take care of pets, and pick up after themselves, so enlist their help!
- Schedule time for yourself. Don’t feel guilty about taking time to do the things you love. This might seem a bit selfish, but the truth is, when you don’t take care of yourself, you burn out and everyone suffers. Give yourself permission to take a bubble bath, get a pedicure, go out to supper with friends, or see a movie in the middle of the afternoon.
- Make your health and happiness a priority. Even when life gets busy, commit to doing the daily things that make you feel your best. They might include activities like praying, reading a devotion, exercising, doing yoga, having a non-interrupted 15-minute conversation with your spouse, or snuggling with your kids at bedtime. Whatever those things are in your life, do them daily, without exception.
Get more tips on balancing all of your work and family responsibilities by reading “Work – Life Balance…Can you REALLY have it?” and “Are You Worn Out and Stressed?” If you already realize that you’ve got too much on your plate, check out “When Your Overcommitted” for some helpful advice.
Come To Order wishes you and your family a peaceful and enjoyable holiday season full of blessings. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!