‘Tis The Season – Ahhh!
As we approach Christmas, there are so many fun things to look forward to. Christmas parties, cookie decorating, holiday markets, looking at Christmas lights, the list goes on. Oftentimes our stress goes up with our list of activities and might be made even worse by knowing who we are going to have to spend Christmas with. Not to mention that “end of year push” at work to get projects wrapped up and off the books. Don’t let stress ruin your Christmas this year!
I want Christmas to be an exciting time for us all. Trust me – I know how crazy things can be and the frustrations of trying to make everything work with family over the holidays. I would really encourage you to stop and take a deep breath! Go back and check out my post on managing stress from previously. Make the time for a daily advent or nightly book with your kids. Make a creative outlet for yourself by taking the time to enjoy wrapping each gift beautifully. Volunteer to help bring something nice to those who will have nothing extra or beautiful this year.
Choose To Stop
Remember no one is in control over you but you. While many responsibilities demand our time, we can all ultimately choose to enjoy this time of year or to let our schedule control us. Make that effort to remember what Christmas is about and seek to enjoy it.
I’ve got a list a mile long of things to do for work and for Off Kilter. Plus I know we have everything to schedule around holiday events with family and friends. I am going to take an extra off day today to get some things done around the homestead and enjoy doing something physical outdoors. I’ve got a short list of to do’s and then I’m going off the radar. Call it a mental health day, or an extended lunch break, or whatever you want. Sometimes we all need mental and physical rest. If you are stressed out, you won’t sleep well, your health will suffer, and your physical and mental performance on all sides will suffer.
Go out, take a deep breath, enjoy the lights and remember – this time of year is supposed to be fun. Choose to make it fun and enjoyable for you and those around you!
Make it a tasty day,