With the holidays comes events, parties, and festivities. More social engagements means trying to fit it all in and that’s where prioritizing can be important especially if your goal is to stay active and healthy during the holidays. Of course, the holidays are a special time of year meant to celebrate friends and family, but we’re not talking about a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence here. My goal is to grow in the area of living on purpose.
Christmas may come but once a year, but it comes every single year without fail. If you’re too busy to participate in every party or family tradition this year, don’t worry. There’s always next year!
Ask yourself some questions:
What are you saying no to by saying yes?
What are you saying yes to by saying no?
How can you simply the season?
Is your goal to live on purpose or for things to be perfect?
This same kind of thinking can also help you make healthier decisions when it comes to holiday eating. Yes, your aunt’s gingerbread cookies are delicious, but you can enjoy a couple every year instead of feeling like you have to eat the whole tin all at once. Sweet talk her into giving you the recipe, and, even if you never get around the baking them, you’ll know that you can have your favorite treat anytime you want.
The word no is also extremely powerful and liberating. It’s tempting to say yes to every invitation and every opportunity to volunteer during the holidays. But you’ll enjoy the parties and other events more if you pick and choose the ones that are closest to your heart. There’s no need to lie or to explain why you can’t participate. Simply say, “I’m sorry. I already have plans for that time.”
Whether your plan is to make time for exercise or simply to get some needed rest, don’t feel obligated to take on more than you can. This can be quite challenging, though. Force yourself to practice saying no in small ways. For example, try politely refusing a cookie from a well-meaning coworker. Seek to give up the fear of not pleasing everyone.
Trim your to-do list; many tasks are small enough to drop or delegate. If the apple pie is from the bakery instead of homemade, no one will care. Shifting your focus away from yourself helps neutralize stress too. Enlist the kids to round up canned goods to bring to a food pantry. It sets a great example for your family and activities like that make the season more about giving then getting.