November 30, 2016
Christmas is in full swing at our house. The tree is up, my shopping list has dwindled to a manageable level, and I’m about to embark on a full day of holiday treat-making. Puppy chow and sausage balls are family favorites, while peppermint bark runs a close third.
While one of my favorite times of year, the holidays can also be one of the most stressful. And as I’ve learned the hard way, stress often leads to illness. Family gatherings, holiday parties, special church events, and marathon shopping trips all seem like fun things to do, but schedule them too close together and your probability of feeling burnt out and run down climbs higher.
What’s a social, on-the-go woman to do? The biggest tip I can offer is to scale back on the commitments, especially those that are scheduled on the same day. If party hopping is unavoidable, refrain from volunteering to set up, clean up, or bring anything. Instead, consider making hostess gifts of festive poinsettias. Their brilliant red blooms will distract from the fact that you don’t have the time to be your normal, helpful self.
Christmas card delivery can also seem overwhelming at times. There’s nothing wrong with taking a year off from sending any out. You could even scale back and only send cards to close friends and family members. My ambition to send our family’s card out by mid-December turned out to be just too much, and so I’ve decided to give myself some breathing room and send out Happy New Year tidings instead.
Finally, there are some very tangible steps you can take to protect yourself from feeling run down and catching the common cold. (There’s nothing worse than being sick on Christmas. I can still remember, as an 8-year-old, waking up Christmas morning and realizing I was too ill to want to play the brand new Nintendo gaming system Santa brought me.) Some of my favorites include:
Here’s wishing you and yours a merry, stress-free Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year!