People, I know youre busy.
In honor of that Im trying to keep it terse today.
For coming down from Hanukkah Hysteria, gearing up for Christmas chaos & prepping for 2013.
(Please to add your tip and suggestions in the comments. I could so use me more…)
- Have low expectations. This may sound negative, but it works. Low expectations (or more aptly put realistic) place less pressure on everyone! Aim for an enjoyable holiday rather than hoping for unmitigated rapture. Choose to be content with a nice day, good friends/family and a few laughs. If things turn out to be better than you’d anticipated call it a bonus.
- Delegate. Your year to host? Dont be a superhero—ask for help before and after the meal. Dont end up tiredtired over the holidays as a result of feeling resentful & unappreciated. Even the littlest family members can help in some fashion and, as a result, everyone will feel more a part of the celebration.
- Make time for what makes you good tired. Take a walk to recharge, take advantage of visiting relatives who might wanna babysit (for free!) & connect with your partner/spouse. Dont let the holiday hecticness make you too tired to take care of YOU.
- Fiber. Yep, I said it. Stay regular. Feel better all around. ’nuff said.
- Dont compete. Stop yourself from being sucked into what others are receiving/doing/having this season. Let’s challenge each other–the whole Healthy Living Tribe–to see who can be the least competitive from our decorations to our fancy dinners to our array of gifts. Remember, we are AVIS up here in MISFIT-LAND and proud of it. This holiday season let’s all be number two.
- Utilize relaxation techniques. Meditate. Try new deep breathing techniques and focus on harnessing the power of breath to diminish anxiety & tension. Visualization also lessens frazzle. Focus on the calm to carry you through the season.
- Limit drinking. I know Im a wet blanket here, but the more you indulge, the more likely you are to overeat, wake up with a hangover, or blurt out what you think of your great aunt’s new young boyfriend.
- Plan a treat for after the holidays. Whether it’s a reward for sticking to your workout plan or a tidbit for making it though Christmas dinner without screaming at your mother––pre-plan something to which you can look forward. If need be make this treat your mantra. Nothing makes pie you dont really love FAR less alluring than knowing you have a spa day scheduled should you resist.
Just remember, as Vince Vaughn says in the piece of cinematic wonderment which is Four Christmases: you cant spell families without the lies**.
GOT TIPS? ——> GO!!
**Nope. I have absolutely no real point with that quote. V-squared just makes me laugh. Hard. Which is calming, relaxing and zen-making,