Three steps from Merry Mania to Seasonal Sanity.

Christmas is coming. Hanukah’s Here. And all too soon it will be time to ring in the New Year. It’s that time of the year. We look forward to oh so much and yet there’s oh so much things to buy, organize and celebrate. It’s the end of a busy 12 months and yet the possibility for increased rushing around, harried days and stressful times is very real in December.

I attended a workshop the other day on how to make it through the holidays, survive all the parties and to make festive family gatherings a loving time while not losing your mind. It was highly relevant. In fact, so relevant because this note was meant to go out on December 6th but I missed the deadline in all my running around. Now, on December 13th I am getting serious about my seasonal sanity.

Without a doubt, this is the “Season of Merry with a bit of Manic thrown in”. We all might use a few tips to help slow things down so we don’t skid into the New Year.

Here are 3 important reminders of how to manage these days so you don’t miss anything important as December becomes merrier and more manic.

1. Keep track of your commitments and prioritize each one…

Get your to-do lists out of your head, but keep them top of mind. Wondering whether you are forgetting something or someone creates a stress trigger. You need to be at your best to carry the heavy load, so get organized, write things down and have a road map to keep you on track during the holidays.

Also make sure you keep things on the schedule in the order of which they matter to you. In these times when we feel “crazy busy”, it is impossible to do it all. Identify the absolute essentials and commit to only those first. Then park or reschedule other tasks or events that can wait. Most things will disappear after January 1st, 2018.

2. Say no or at least not now…

Saying no to appealing invitations and events can be difficult but saying yes to more than you can handle will do no one much good. Recognize that there can be too much of a good thing. Acknowledge when you approach your limits of visiting, celebrating and scheduled time and learn to say no or at least “later.” Saying no can also help with the other issues like eating too much or that one extra drink. Paying attention to “no” is a big step.

3. Look after yourself and remember, everything in moderation…

With a heavier load and busier schedule, it’s easy to shortchange yourself on sleep, exercise or eating well. But this is the time you most need take care of yourself. Who wants to get sick during the holidays? Be mindful what your body, mind and soul is calling for. Listen closely so you can keep up with the fast pace and still have fun.

This is a season to enjoy. But do pay attention to how much you indulge because New Year’s Day is just around the corner. Start the new year off right without regrets. Your waist, wallet and well-being will thank you.

And so, whatever this season brings, make it both merry and sane.

Happy Holidays – Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and Kwanza.

May this New Year bring you a Very Vital Life!

Three steps from Merry Mania to Seasonal Sanity.