Simplify Your Life & Find Your Zen
As the holidays approach, I find myself more and more rushed, over scheduled and left with a to-do list five miles too long. This season, I am going to try to step back and learn the art of a gentle “no.” I have picked up a few good tips from others who know how to keep calm, cool and collected during the holidays- and look fabulous while they do it!
- Limit decorations: We all know that less is more. Beautiful decor can be accomplished by four simple things: candles, red ribbon, greens and baby’s breath.
- Limit Commitments: Set aside time to decompress. You do not have to attend every holiday party you are invited to. A few are essential, such as your child’s holiday school play, but it is ok to let some things slide. Does your old neighbor’s Christmas Sweater Swap party really matter right now? Eh…probably not. A gentle “no thank you” will suffice. Your sanity is more important.
- Holiday Meal Plan Ahead: Ask for help if you need it. You don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen all day. Do a potluck. Ask others to bring one dish to pass. Not only does this make your life easier, but you’ll be able to fully enjoy your company that much more.
- Send Ecards this year: Sure, the real deal is a wonderful thing, but if sending Ecards gives you less stress this year, then by all means, go for it! Companies like BlueMountain, Hallmark and American Greetings make nice holiday cards that you can customize for friends and family.
- Skip the crazed malls & shop online: It is easy to price comparison shop this way and you can get gifts shipped right to the recipient. If you are not a fan of long lines, bad traffic and tired holiday shoppers, this is a wonderful way to avoid that whole scene. Many are on a budget, so buy for the ones you love only, without going over budget.
- Reflect on What’s Important: Prioritize. Our family and children are important. Giving to one good charity is important. Ask yourself what means the most to you and what you can skip this year.
- Turn Off: Don’t answer every email and every cell phone call. I admit to having trouble with this one. My job requires me to be available. But after a certain time in the evenings, we should all unplug. Thumb through a good book, take a bubble bath, listen to some good music or have a glass of wine and a good face-to-face conversation with someone important to you.
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Happy Zen Holidays!
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