It’s that time of year again, when budget and reporting deadlines are down to the wire and holiday party invitations are flying at you faster than you can whip up a batch of eggnog.
Now is the time to remember that your most important resource is YOU!
So take a deep breath, silence your phone and you may just keep your sanity for 2014.
- Accommodation. It’s time to make peace with saying ‘No’. Friends and co-workers will understand if you can’t participate in every project or activity. Bowing out of some things sets reasonable expectations for everyone. Saying you won’t be there is better than ‘putting in an appearance’ for 5 minutes.
- Gluttony. Cookies, pies, mashed potatoes and stuffing can be tempting, but don’t go overboard. Eat a protein-packed snack before hitting those holiday parties and you’ll be less inclined to over-eat.
- Disorganization.Now that you know it’s okay if you can’t do everything, make sure you get to what you need to do. Take a moment to write a declaration of purpose for yourself. Is it getting the kid’s pictures with Santa? Making sure to visit a favorite cousin? Sending cards to special personal and professional friends? Plot it out so you don’t forget what’s important!
- Stubbornness. Ask for help when you need it. Goodness knows I struggle with this one! If that work project is getting out of hand or if you’re now realizing that you shouldn’t have promised 3 gingerbread houses for that bake sale, don’t be afraid to ask for assistance. A colleague may have an insight you didn’t or another parent may have time to whip up some extra cookies. It’s better to do it right than go at it alone.
- Sloth. Energize with exercise! Is your wreath hanging lopsided? Budget deadline closing in on you? Noisy kids or co-workers driving you up the wall? Take 5 to walk around the block and clear your head- the movement and fresh air will do wonders!
- Envy. Quit keeping up with Pinterest (sorry Pinterest). But seriously, stop comparing yourself to magazines, Facebook friends, and great mom bloggers. The holidays don’t have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Your challah doesn’t have to be the best, we’re just glad you tried!
- Perfection. Take a shortcut now and then. When planning family and friend get-togethers, it is fine to not do it all yourself. Buy prepared foods, instead of cooking everything from scratch, ask others to bring their favorite dishes, or cook and freeze foods beforehand to save time on the day of the event.
Have your own ways of keeping your head? Share them in the comments!