Are you stressed about the holidays and getting “everything” done on time? Want to change it up this year and enjoy the holidays with as little stress as possible?
All right then, the first step is to let go of perfection. You don’t have employees like Martha Stewart Inc. does. I certainly don’t have the skills or time to decorate my home, wrap my gifts and create food that looks like a magazine photo. Done is the new perfect.
Next…let go of needing to do it all yourself. It’s a feat we never seem to accomplish. Just when we think we have done it all, something else needs to be done. It doesn’t make you a hero if you do it all, but it will make you tired and crabby. Ask for help from your family today.
Lastly…remove something from your “I do it because I think I should do it” list. Admit it, there is probably at least one task you do or event you attend because you think you should. Have you heard the expression “don’t should on yourself?” It’s good advice.
Who says you have to send Christmas cards? Make 12 different kinds of cookies? String lights outside while freezing your fingers? Go to a Christmas performance you never enjoyed in the past? Buy gifts for everyone you know? Or, throw a big neighborhood party in December? If you only do these activities because you feel guilty…stop. Re-evaluate your priorities. Ask you family for their input. They may even offer to make the cookies or string the outdoor lights.
Relax, breath, prioritize and settle in for a season of love, abundance and joy.
What is one thing you are going to let go? Please comment below.