facebook twitter youtube google plus linkedin

Trying To Slow Down The Holiday Season

Trying To Slow Down The Holiday Season

The holiday season is now in full swing.

It seems that right after Black Friday and Cyber Monday everything about this time of year just seems to ramp up to super speed. The holiday music is blasting, the malls are packed with people – and to try and find a parking spot anywhere – forget it.

And we all know it’s only the beginning.

It’s amazing how we try to jam so much into the course of one month.

Each year I usually find myself with our calendar over booked with holiday parties and social get togethers.

I then race through stores searching for those perfect gifts and have my fridge stocked up with foods that we normally don’t eat.

And by the time the first week of January rolls around I am often left feeling exhausted and thinking that December was nothing but a blur.

But this year I am really going to try and make it different. I am going to try and slow it down.

Here’s how I’m hoping to do it; 

Scale Back

Over the holiday season, I know I have a tendency to over do it. Too much food, too many gifts, too many commitments.

This year I am going to really focus on what is important.

The food will be a little simpler. I will try and cook dishes in advance so that I can spend more time with family and friends.

I also know how valuable and important it is to let people know how much you care about them so this year I will try and focus more on this and a little less on the physical gift.

As for commitments, I will try and be a little more frugal with my time and what I commit to. I will try my best not to overschedule my calendar and try to make sure I get to spend quality time with the people that are important in my life.Wreath

Get Enough Sleep

Over the last few years, I have really learned about how important sleep is to both your physical and mental health. All too often during the holidays I skip on sleeping to get things done or to try and squeeze more in.

Not this year.

I am going to try and not sacrifice my sleep which will hopefully allow me to get through the holiday season without feeling exhausted (and my family would probably add – occasionally cranky).

Try Not To Be A Perfectionist

I admit it. Over the holidays I buy into that whole idea of the perfect Christmas and I’m now realizing that this can be a real emotional drain. If things don’t go exactly as I envisioned or planned, I get disappointed.

This year, I’m deciding that I will just do my best and not get too uptight if things don’t go exactly as planned. I know this step is going to be a real challenge for me. I will have to back away from years of believing everything needs to be perfect but I think it is one tradition I really need to break. 

Give Back

As I ease up a bit on my social commitments this year what I will try and do is make a point of giving back more to others who are less fortunate or could use some extra support.

I think that by really focusing on as they say “the real reason for the season” it will help to put everything else in my life in perspective.

So there you have it. Four things I hope to change to make this year’s holiday season a little less hectic and a little more meaningful.

So hopefully when the new year rolls around this time, I’ll look back on this December and only remember the great times we had.

Other Related Posts: