Happy Monday, Gorgeous!!
Hope you had a wonderful weekend! I know that we are in the dead heat of the holiday season so I wanted to share these tidbits with you. As I was surfing the web for "good news" I came across this blog which lead to this site, both of which are about just that--good, positive news.
Although, the economy has left many of us in a position where we're not able to stress about what to get for whom because we just can't. I do realize that, regardless of economic status, some of us are still going to get caught up in the commercial mania. Stay away from the light, Carol Ann! Getting caught up in the mass retailers snare can only lead to stress on your mind, body and sometimes loved ones.
Here are some great tips to take note of and put into practice...
1. Avoid over-scheduling yourself. Use an agenda to keep track of your holiday commitments so that you can physically see what you are committing yourself to. Along with your commitments to others make sure to include some downtime for yourself - even if it is half an hour here and there. Knowing that you have some personal time will help you to stay positive.
2. Lower your expectations don’t strive for perfection, good enough is okay. Don’t expect your family to be perfect during the holidays. Be realistic about who they are and what your relationship is like with them all year around. That is especially true of step-families.
3. Make a budget and stick to it. The price of the gift is not equal to how much you love them. Focus on the people that you care about instead of the stuff that really doesn’t matter. Beware of the joy-to-stuff ratio: more stuff does not equal more joy.
4. Spread your socializing in the months after the holidays. Don’t try to pack a year’s worth of socializing into a few weeks. Start a new tradition with friends and make a date with friends for mid January or early February.
5. Get as much sleep as you can. Schedule one or two pyjama days for yourself or for the whole family - stay in your pj's and stay home and give yourself permission to rest and enjoy some time together without rushing about. I so love this suggestion.
**Above tips are from Lucy MacDonald, Canadian Certified Counsellor and author. conferences across the country on practice building.**