Well, tis the season! You know…THE SEASON…to be cheery and celebratory all the time! Oh all the music to put us in the spirit of things, all the lights and parties. All the shopping and card mailing, all the card getting from everyone’s expanding families. The fun never ends!
Okay I don’t want to be a Grinch, though green is my favorite color, but I think part of why people get down during the holidays (yours truly included) is all the societal expectations to be happy and perfect. To eat cookies till you’re blue in the face only to turn to complete deprivation a week later as the new year begins. Oh the pressure! How do we deal with it?
You can’t completely escape it. I mean it’s not even Thanksgiving and I’m hearing Christmas music everywhere. Decorating can be fun, giving gifts or cards can be really rewarding but here’s the thing, don’t pressure yourself.
The holidays are about Spirit more than anything. Be good to others and be good to yourself! Put yourself on your nice list…well heck, naughty too, we all need to have some fun. Do what you can and don’t stress if it’s not a magical Technicolor holiday. After all, It’s a Wonderful Life was in black and white.
We can all try these tips to stay calm, I will. Surround yourself with friends, invite them over for a pot luck. Remember friends are the family you choose. Rent some movies and chill out, after all a day off is a day off! And have some egg nog! Treat yourself to something that relaxes you. Like a hot bath after braving the stores or your family. So take a time out and remember you’ll have fun, it’ll all be fine, and if not, it’s a new year soon after! Happy Holidays.