It may have been quiet on the blog, but life behind the scenes has been busier than ever. When you last heard from me, I mean really heard from me, I was battling a really nasty cold. What I thought I could manage with over the counter medicines, fluids and a weekend of rest and relaxation became two miserable weeks with an upper respiratory infection, bronchitis and laryngitis. I hadn’t even begun to recover before I had to return to work, which I blamed bitterly for my health getting much worse before it got better. But in hindsight, I think the real cause was a lack of self-care. As important as self-care has become in my life, it still takes a backseat to the bad habits that I’ve turned to for comfort over the years sometimes, especially when I need it the most. I spent last month neglecting my mind, body and spirit in favor of overeating, overspending and other destructive behaviors. This month, I’m giving myself the gift of self-care.
If you ask me, the most stressful part of the holidays are the holidays. Life was hectic before and the sudden surge of activities, parties, shopping and other demands of the holiday season can easily send me in a tailspin. Luckily, I have a plan to prioritize my health avoid holiday burnout: keep it simple.
It’s our first Christmas together as a family and while I want it to be memorable, I know that it will be a lot more enjoyable without the added pressure of planning every detail. So this year, I’m keeping it simple. Instead of an elaborate and expensive itinerary that’s more taxing on my spirit than in the Christmas spirit, I’m focusing on the simple joys of the holidays. There’s a sample holiday to do list that makes its rounds on social media every season with a short list of simple ways to enjoy the holidays. Instead of common, stress-inducing tasks like buying presents, wrapping and sending gifts, shopping for food, making cookies and seeing the lights, the list suggests being present, wrapping someone in a hug, making love and being the light. Other simple holiday joys on my list include enjoying a cup of hot chocolate on a snowy day (currently checking this off of my to do list) and a new pair of pajamas. Wearing matching pajamas to bed on Christmas Eve is one of my favorite holiday traditions and the one I was most excited to share with Avon. So I gave the family — and myself — an early gift.
And to think I was worried that Avon wouldn’t be into matching Christmas jammies.
What are some of the simple holiday joys you’re celebrating this season? Do you have any tips for keeping the holidays simple? Let me know below!