Slowing Down in a Busy Season

Tis the season and I am sick.  I haven’t been sick like this in a while and it’s bugging the heck out of me.  I have things to do and places to be.  On the other hand, my body needs a rest pretty badly.  And, it’s going to get it, pushing myself is only going to make it worse.

It’s common sense but it’s not always easy to follow.  I have an exciting program that I’m working on and want to fine tune.  I have holiday prep to do, a tree to put up and decorate, some recipes to test, and a house that needs to be cleaned. It will get done but not as quickly as I would have wanted.

We all have a variation of this theme this time of year.  People want our attention, our attendance at gatherings, we want to prep for the holidays, get our shopping done, have the house cleaned, put decorations out, etc.  All of this on top of the things we normally get done.

So how do you stay sane?  Keep in mind you can only do so much.  The pressure you are putting on yourself can be eased by saying no to a few things.  Carve some time out for yourself so you can have a breather.  Having a calendar with your tasks can put things in a more manageable structure.  You can chunk some tasks together (like dusting as you decorate) or putting a meal in the slow cooker while you go do your shopping.

Figure out what you can let go of. Quite honestly, I clean like a maniac before I have company.  No one is really looking that closely to see how clean my house is.  This year I’ve decided as long as it’s neat and reasonably clean I’m good to go.  I put some gifts in bags because I don’t like wrapping presents.  I bake less but make the favorite cookies.  And some gatherings are going to take place without me.

What shortcuts can you take to make your life easier?  Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear from you.

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