As my husband and I fought about what exactly we were going to do on Christmas Day (whose family and when and for how long), I thought “this is not what it’s about.” I’m sure most of you can relate. I love the holidays but it can be a trying season. We’ve talked about five ways to destress during the season and now I want to talk about how to keep the joy in the season. Here are five tips to keep the joy of the holiday season alive and well.
- Don’t stop exercising. Exercise can help in so many ways during a tense season. If you are cooped up with your family, it’s a bit of time away, which can be great at defusing tension. Also, you will feel better and more like yourself after a run or a swim or a long walk. Space and fresh air can do wonders for relationships! Trust me on this one!
- Cut yourself a break. Don’t get down on yourself if everything isn’t “perfect” or just as you envisioned it. It rarely is and that’s okay.
- Share your expectations. I’ve found that sharing the expectations you have for the holidays with your loved ones can resolve a lot of issues. I have very high expectations for Christmas and expecting my husband to just know them all by osmosis wasn’t fair. Once I communicated my vision, we were able to work it out.
- But understand you might be disappointed. Keeping in mind everything I just said in tip number 3, understand that while you are cutting yourself a break, you have to give others around you a break. My perfect Christmas will probably never happen exactly as I imagine (for example, this year the dog ate her weight in Krispy Kreme doughnuts…sigh). That is okay – accepting that really gives a sense of freedom to a stressful time of year.
- Wine always helps. Just being honest here, y’all. Wine, spiked cider, whatever you fancy. Pour yourself a glass and look around at the chaos and smile. Tis the season.
I hope you all have a wonderful and joyous holiday season!
I’m linking this post up with Deb over at Deb Runs for her Wednesday Word! Go check her out!
How do you keep the joy alive this time of year?