When You Feel Overwhelmed- Top 3 Tips to Help You Survive the Holidays
Hey Mamas (and Papas),
Is it just me, or does November tend to make anyone else feel overwhelmed?
When the holidays are careening towards us at a frightening speed, our calendar is filling up with parties and obligations, and we realize that another year is almost gone, I tend to panic, even if just a little.
This has been a huge year for us, moving from Japan back to VA, buying our first house, starting a business, celebrating our 5th anniversary, and trying to navigate the murky, milk stained waters of parenting a toddler. I’m thrilled to be where I am, physically, emotionally, and financially, but mentally… I’m not sure my head on straight most days.
If you can relate, please let me share these ideas with you on how to get in the right head space before another calendar goes in the trash. We can work on them together!
1. Make a list. Write down what you need to get done. Seeing everything on paper might help you realize that it’s manageable, and you can cross off one thing at a time. There’s nothing more gratifying than checking things off a list. I’ll put things on the list that I’ve already done, just so I can check them off. What? You don’t do that?
2. Prioritize. Pinterest has given some of us (read: me) an impossibly long list of things that just have to be done, especially around the holiday season. Do you really need to have a different and creative situation staged for your ElfOnTheShelf every-single-morning from Thanksgiving to Christmas? Is now the best time of year for you to decide that you’ve got to read every piece of classic literature the New York Times has ever recommended? I’m not suggesting that you stop trying altogether, but maybe some things can wait in order to preserve your mental health. Choose the truly important things this season. Time with family and true friends. Your faith. Keeping your budget on track so you don’t start 2015 in debt (or deeper debt).
Speaking of health…
3. Exercise! I know you knew this one was coming, but it’s still important. One of your priorities should be your health.
Regular exercise can do wonders for your sense of being overwhelmed, including staving off any illnesses going around the office, giving you more energy to get the rest of the list accomplished, and helping to counteract the extra calories and guilt from said calories that tend to enter your life in November and December. If you choose to exercise outside, the fresh air might even help clear your mind of all the craziness that’s swirling around up there.
Don’t wait until January to exercise! Start today! It won’t add to your struggles, it will help lift them!
How do you maintain your sanity (or attempt to) during the holidays? Share in the comments below.