The holidays are designed to bring us true joy, happiness, and love. This festive time is fun, beautiful, and delightful—most of the time. It can also be demanding, exhausting, and depleting with a shopping/ errand list a mile long. This holiday season, I want to remind you to put yourself first on your to-do list! Yes, you! If you are too busy, stressed, and tired, how can you create a memorable exciting holiday for your family?
As women and mothers, we end up doing everything . . . decorating, cooking, hosting, shopping, and making sure everyone is happy, healthy, and festive. But what about us? Where do we fit in? When is it our time to relax and enjoy? To slow down for just a minute to actually be able to enjoy one of the seven dozen cookies we spent two days baking?
Here are some tips to have the best and brightest holiday season ever. Don’t just survive the holidays but enjoy each moment!!
1. Plan for some quiet YOU time every week.
2. Grab at least fifteen minutes for yourself every day, even if you have to wake up before everyone else to have that cup of coffee in silence.
3. Repeat after me: “I do not have to buy every toy possible for my kids/family to have a fun holiday.”
4. Remember you are responsible for the energy you bring into your home. If you are stressed and worn out, that is what everyone will feel.
5. Say NO to events and parties that are not important. Believe me, the party will go on without you. Just because you are invited, it doesn’t mean you need to attend.
6. When you are gathering with people you love, sit back, soak it all in. That’s the good stuff that makes us feel whole and nourished. That’s what makes us not just survive the holidays but enjoy them!
7. Remind your kids (and yourself) what the holidays are really about: love, joy, happiness, togetherness. It isn’t all about the newest most expensive gadget.
8. Your home doesn’t have to be perfect so don’t stress out. Even if you are having company, everyone knows that where there are children, there is usually a slight to moderate or even a massive mess. Just do your best.
9. Don’t carry the entire holiday burden of cleaning, hosting, shopping, cooking, wrapping. Delegate and be kind to yourself, you can only do so much.
10. HAVE FUN and enjoy! You are making memories that will be cherished for years to come. Take care of yourself so you can enjoy them too!
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