Everyone is in a rush. The whole Elf on a Shelf or Mensch on a Bench thing takes up quite a bit of time. Present shopping, holiday decorating, festive crafts and baking all take up a good deal of time. No matter how much you love it, the reality is, these things take up time you already may not have. Couple that with the added pressure of everyone showing all these amazing things they’re doing on social media and your stress levels could be shooting through the roof.
Take a second and breathe. Remember, this is supposed to be fun! It’s SUPPOSED to be about celebrating with the people you love. Enjoying the moments you spend together. That’s why you’re doing all of this, right? Maybe your motivation is to give your children that magical time of year. That’s a fantastic thing to do, but you need to be able to enjoy it as well. The kiddos know when you’re stressed and exhausted, they want you to play with them, they want you to enjoy with them. So, here are a few tips on how to do that.
You want a photo or two to remember, or even to share on social media. With cameras on our phones, we all love snapping a few photos of nearly everything we do. When you’re doing whatever it is you’re doing, limit this. Determine how many photos you’ll take. 1? 5? Then be done. Put the camera away. Don’t let the entire event be about getting that perfect photo. You won’t remember it if you spend the whole event looking through your lens. Getting just a couple photos will let you release the anxiety of wanting to document and share the event without costing you the experience.
Things can happen that DON’T end up on social media
It’s 100% okay to NOT post on social media about each and every thing you do for the holidays, or any time. The event you’re out doing or hosting doesn’t need to have social media proof for it to be real. It’s good to take a break and remember, you shouldn’t be feeling the fear of missing out… You ARE out! Sure, other people are doing things other places, but that doesn’t make what they’re doing better than what you’re doing, just different. Relax and enjoy what you’re doing and who you are with.
Music has amazing powers over our emotions. It can excite us, commiserate with us and soothe us. If you’re feeling the pressure to make the holiday season as packed full of holiday joy as possible for you and your family, add more holiday music. Even lightly in the background as you cook or as you sit down to dinner. Choose a few fun easy to sing alongs that kids love for those drives to school in the morning. This will make the holiday feeling fully dynamic through sites, smells AND sounds.
Add citrus smells to your day
There is a reason you feel more energized when you use lemon scented cleaning products and it’s not just because for 30 seconds your kitchen is clean. Research has actually proven that some citrus smells make a difference in your mood. They boost feelings of well-being and help you reduce stress because they increase levels of norepinephrine, which is a hormone that affects our mood. Cut a lemon in half and run it through your garbage disposal. It will clean and freshen the diposal AND it will boost your mood. If you’re on the go all the time, maybe a drop of two of a citrus essential oil on something you carry with you can give you the benefits you need.
Stop saying Yes!
We say it all the time. We never want to let anyone down. Yes, I can make two dozen cookies for Friday’s bake sale. Yes, I can volunteer at that event. Yes, I can take over an extra day of carpool. Yes, I can go to that event. Yes, I can organize this. The list goes on and on. We don’t want to let people down. We want people to see us as the go-to for things. All that is fantastic. It’s admirable, but remember, you can’t help anyone if you’re running on empty. Schedule down time into your hectic schedule. It’s okay to do a pizza and movie night! Relax, laugh and enjoy. You’ll be able to do more over all and you’ll actually be able to enjoy it!