Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Staying Sane During the Holiday Rush: Contest Post

The Christmas clock is ticking, and the holiday is drawing nearer. Every year I absolutely, positively promise myself that I won't get crazy or stressed, but every year I inevitably do both of those things.

Don't get me wrong. I love Christmas. I just don't always know how to slow down. But...now and then I just force myself to stop moving. I sit down and watch television with my husband. Or I make a list, so that I can see that while, yes, there are many things still to be done, there are also many things that I can check off the list.

I haven't had much time lately to read (I hate that), but tomorrow I'm going to make time for that. Nothing calms me down as much as reading or watching a good Christmas movie. And sometimes a person just has to stop running around and do some calming activities (I wish I knew yoga or knew something about meditation. Those sound like awesome ways to unwind).

So...this is a contest post, and I know that all of us (or maybe only most of us) get overly busy during the holidays and need to take a step back. When that happens, what do you do to maintain your sanity during the holidays? How are you good to yourself or what techniques do you use? Answer in the comments to be entered in the contest. (Oh, and if you are one of the lucky ones who never gets frazzled by the rush of the season, it's okay to say that, too). 

There will be one more contest post this week and then Saturday I'll draw the winners.

See you in the comments!



Mary Preston said...

Over the years I have simplified everything to do with the Christmas period. The joy & excitement is still there, in abundance, just not the hassle or bustle. I find that I am relaxed & calm while others are rushing around like headless chickens.

Laney4 said...

Me? Same as Mary. I think part of it is age ... and experience. I have been focusing on how fortunate we are to be healthy (well, as healthy as we can expect at this stage in life) and having a roof over our heads with no debts. Yes, I should be mailing out Christmas cards. Yes, I should organize my Christmas purchases so I can determine what is left to buy. Yes, I should be wrapping some huge presents trying to be hidden around the house. Yes, people expect me to have tons of home baking (after all, I share it all year round, so why wouldn't I have it at this time of year?), but I just haven't felt like baking so I don't - their loss; not mine.
But you know what? It'll all get done. And if it doesn't, who cares? I am a procrastinator for a reason, ya know! I do things in the order they need to be done, and presents need to be done by Dec 24 late evening and will be. Cards can be sent any time of year; if people don't appreciate them close to the deadline or even afterwards, it's their problem. I have a badminton Christmas potluck Thursday night; I MAY bring home baking and I may not - technically speaking, I may take nothing since I never eat at these things, plus there's always tons of leftovers (but I think I'll take some sort of baking).

Myrna Mackenzie said...

I think you both have the right idea. Actually, I gave up sending Christmas cards a long time ago. Sometimes I feel bad about that, especially when people so generously continue to send cards to me, but I decided that I can't do everything, so that was one thing I felt I could do without. I'm actually in a pretty good place right now. Today I had a gathering to clean and cook for, but I've got my shopping done, so I'll have some down time before the holiday.

Tom Lester said...

I love the holiday season so much I really don't get too stressed out. I really love all my family, and seeing them puts me at ease with life.

Only time I really get stressed is when I'm Xmas shopping, and it's really crowded. At these times I just try to go to my "happy" place and try to be polite to others.

Myrna Mackenzie said...

I don't mind shopping so much except for the grocery store right before the big day. Then I have to do a lot of slow breathing (I think back to my lamaze classes). :-D

slehan said...

I shop year-round for presents so very little last minute stuff. I spend Christmas eve with family and Christmas evening with friends. I also swim 3 times a week which I love doing.

slehan at juno dot com

Myrna Mackenzie said...

slehan, I always say that I'm going to shop year round, but I seldom do (OTOH, I usually save a hold back a few small gifts each year, and that's my starter batch when I begin my shopping, usually in September or October). I'm not a good swimmer (I was already in my teens when I had my first lesson), but I do go to the local rec center to walk the track. It's a good way to unwind.