Sometimes you hear the word “holidays” and you want to curl into bed and sleep until Mother’s Day. Right? The holidays need to be a holiday for you too. I know you want to make everything perfect for your family but think of it this way. Are the people you share the holidays with going to remember the perfect table setting and dinner you put together OR will they remember sitting down with you at dinner and having a nice relaxed experience that involved meaningful conversation?
I’ve put together three holiday hints to help you prepare for the craziness that is about to come your way.
1. Place your priorities properly.
Don’t let your holiday experience consist of entertaining, shopping for last minute gifts or preparing for dinner parties. There is no way we can turn off being superwoman around this time of year, but deserve to enjoy the holidays too. My best advice? Prioritize. I’m not saying prioritize your task list; prioritize what is meaningful to you. What things about the holidays do you enjoy the most? Focus your efforts towards making those holiday experiences something you and your loved will enjoy and remember.
2. When the mad monster makes an appearance…STOP and smell the peppermint.
Sadly we have all had mommy monster moments. We can’t help it with all the hormones, emotions and sugar that run through our veins. What matters is how you deal with those moments when they occur. Best option, stop whatever it is you are in the middle of and do something that gives your mind a break and makes you happy. Go take a bath, sit on the couch with your favorite warm drink, or go kiss your hubby and tell him how much you love and appreciate him. The last one always makes me feel better.
3. Be Present.
Don’t forget to experience and enjoy the holidays. When you are spending time with your loved ones don’t waste that time thinking about what you have to do when you get home or what you have to do tomorrow. Being present is the best present you can give your loved ones during the holiday season. Plus being present is the best way to preserve the memories of the holidays.
I implement these hints frequently throughout the year; however, during the holiday season I use them every day. You deserve to enjoy the holidays just as much as everyone else in your life.
Kiss your hubby and tell him how much you love and appreciate him.