Skipping Christmas can be a real kill joy.

You are getting ready to go out, and before you even leave the house you are looking forward to the following day when you can rest.  If you will be busy for a few days your thoughts wander longingly to the day you will finally be able to rest again.   Chores have to be spread out over several days with many breaks sprinkled throughout.  With December, the most hectic month of the year, upon us, you may be wondering how on earth you are going to get through it.  You may even be daydreaming about the rest you will get in January.

Does this sound like you? It sounds like me.  Here are some strategies to help us get  through the hectic holiday season.

  • Choose wisely what  needs to be accomplished
  • Delegate as much as you can to the right people
  • Prioritize what you personally  have to do
  • Be willing to accept the things that you are not able to get done
  • Make time for rest not just sleep
  • Eat well, drink enough water and exercise.
  • Keep up with medications and medical appointments

I would like to challenge us to take time to do something fun at least one time a week through the month of December.

  • A movie and popcorn
  • Read a book
  • Connect with a friend for an hour or two
  • A bubble bath
  • Lunch out
  • A walk in a pleasant place
  • Engage in a hobby for an hour or two

One Christmas season I came across the book Skipping Christmas.  I curled up on the couch and read the little book straight through. I laughed and laughed.  It was a refreshing time  in the midst of all the busyness.

This may sound counterproductive but it really is not. The more refreshed we are the easier it will be to do our tasks.  If we are well rested, well hydrated, and well nourished we will be more productive.  If we take some time to exercise  it will increase our energy level and reduce our stress level.    Hopefully in the process these things will also help keep the symptoms from lupus, sjogrens, fibromyalgia, etc.  in check allowing us to enjoy the Christmas season to the fullest and not be wishing we were the ones skipping Christmas.

Have a great week. LeslieRoseK

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Brenda on December 3, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Oh yes there are years I’d like to skip Christmas! lol But as you said Leslie, we need to pace ourselves, chose wisely on what HAS to get done, delegate help, and simple to do what we can and let go of what we can’t. I know as I do things I have to rest. It takes much longer to do anything, but I know if I don’t make time to rest nothing will get done at all. Thanks for a great post again Leslie and the great advice for anyone during the holidays!


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