Let’s face it – this time of year is CRAZY! We’re trying to get our kids through the last few days of school, get ourselves through the last few weeks of work, plan for the Holiday Season, navigate an insane amount of work and social functions – all while feeling pretty tired and ready for a break.
Ironically, this is when the wheels can fall off SPECTACULARLY – emotionally, mentally or physically – sometimes all three.
For some reason, instead of taking our feet off the accelerator, we press more firmly and begin placing ourselves under enormous amounts of pressure.
Pressure to find the PERFECT teachers’ gifts, decorate our homes for the Festive Season, find the most amazing presents despite them costing the earth, look fabulous at all social events, look amazing in our bikinis, and plan the best school holiday for our kids.
We strive for perfection and end up stressing ourselves to breaking point and not enjoying any of it.
It makes NO sense, whatsoever.
So this year, let’s try something a little different.
Let’s work BACKWARDS.
Let’s decide on THREE things we want to do well in December and prioritise those. And let everything else slide lower down the totem pole where it belongs.
For me, my top priority this Festive Season is self-care. And while that might sound selfish, I know that when I take care of myself to the best of my ability, EVERYBODY wins. My husband is happier, my family gets more focussed attention from me, and my friends find that I am much nicer person to be around.
And self-care comes in many forms, so I’ve found that I need to be more specific in order to make sure that I focus on it.
So, for me, I want to make sure that I:
- Get out into nature and move my body – cycling, hiking and beach days are all on my December agenda. Sometimes on my own, and other times with my husband or friends.
- Watch my nutrition carefully – I fully attend to enjoy some delicious Festive indulgences (yum!) but not every day. Simply because I feel sluggish and tired when I eat badly for more than a day or two, plus I really don’t want to begin 2019 needing to shift a few kilograms. So I’m aiming for balance and not perfection!
- Give people the gift of my presence instead of presents – I like gifts just as much as the next person, but I refuse to go overboard this year. Instead, I’ll focus on really listening and spending quality time with people I love, instead of running myself into the ground trying to do everything perfectly and being ratty and distracted as a result.
The beauty of selecting your top three priorities is that you can keep weighing everything up against them. When you find yourself saying “I should” or “I ought to”, you quickly run through your Top 3 list and see if it’s REALLY necessary.
Because sometimes, going for a walk or reading a magazine by the pool is the best use of your time.
So what is it YOU want to achieve this Festive Season? Choose three things – and choose wisely. It’s amazing what you can let go of, say no to and achieve as a result.
At the very least, give people the gift of YOU in the next few weeks. You’ll never regret it!