You knew it was coming; you saw the Christmas decorations pop onto the store shelves a few months ago. Like many, you might have groaned and said, “Not yet!” But it didn’t matter, because as we waved goodbye to Labor Day, more and more shelves began to sparkle with the colors of the season.
And now it’s November 1st, which means the holidays are fully upon us, bringing with them their own, unique, holiday stress.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
As you prepare for the months ahead: the shopping, the cooking, the events, the wondering “How the heck am I going to get it all done?” there’s a simple answer…don’t even try. This year, adopt a simple motto that will help ease stress and increase happiness:
Do Less; Enjoy More.
Many times, the items on our to-do list don’t really have to be done. We often put them there year after year because of tradition. Or guilt. Or both. We go overboard with all of the things we convince ourselves we have to do, and not just do, but do well. And the more we try to squeeze into the holidays, the less we actually enjoy them.
This holiday season, do away with having to do it all. It’s okay if dinner is late or the house is messy. It’s a very small price to pay for a calm spirit. Say “no” to those things that bring stress instead of enjoyment. Prioritize your daily routine to focus on enjoying the people around you. Take time out of your day for a walk or a quiet cup of tea.
Remember, the best way to enjoy the months ahead is to exit the Holiday Freeway and take a quiet side street. They’ll both get you where you want to go, but without the madness of the freeway, you’ll enjoy the ride so much more.
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