How is it already mid-November (well, not quite, but for all intents and purposes)?
It feels like yesterday I was hopping on a plane to run Disney with my crew and to meet 3/4 of the Am part of Team Can-Am…and now it’s time to get started on this whole holiday thing.
I’m excited for it this year. I am not cooking dinner for 30 or so family members so it means I will have a lot more downtime during the holidays. I do have baking date commitments with a few friends and their kids and I want to give some bake-gifts to people. So rest assured, there will be some time in the kitchen making pretty sugar cookies, yummy pies and who knows what else. I also have some lovely holiday dates with friends for dinner and drinks to just celebrate friendships during this lovely season.
I will be working during the holidays for the first time in five years…so that is a bit of a bummer. Having a guaranteed bit of time off between Christmas and New Year was a fantastic perk and one I will surely miss. Especially those times when I’m cooking dinner for my family–those days off, post Christmas were absolute life savers.
I’m hoping that the combo of working and the holiday rush will keep my brain occupied and stop me from ruminating about being single and kid-less for the holidays. I find the holidays really hard when it comes to that sort of thing. It’s not that I’m not grateful for what I have and the wonderful people in my life, it’s more that I am bummed that my life hasn’t followed the track I had hoped it would and that those things that I want, I currently don’t have and it isn’t something I can control.
I already have strategies to try and curb those feelings for when they do pop up. I’m going to take a fb detox, aiming to avoid going online as much as I can in the month of December. I’m going to really focus on taking care of myself–even if that means not going out with friends, not baking that pie or simply just sleeping in on a Saturday morning instead of meeting friends at the gym. I have noticed a pattern that, when I’m not taking care of myself, these feelings hit me hard. What’s worse is that, when they do hit and I’m low on energy, high on burnout, is that it takes me much, much longer to break out of that mini rut.
It will be interesting to approach a holiday this way…with self care as a primary goal, but I’m hoping it will be a success and I can make it through the holidays relatively unscathed.
Do you have any holiday self care tips? Let me know in the comments!