Monday, December 05, 2011
There is just no doubt about it. The holidays are much less stressful once the kids are grown and gone. It's also a little bit boring.... No excited faces, no eager questions, no reading holiday kid books....
When my kids were small I was in a constant state of stress over getting everything done that I wanted to do for the holidays. This included lots of extra baking, shopping, activities, etc. Now I am able to pick and choose what extras I will do and how I will focus my time for the holidays.
I love the activites at church at this time of year -but don't feel obligated to do ALL the activites at church. I love to bake - but since I love to eat what I bake, I also try to give lots of these treats away. Continuing with exercise patterns is crucial at this time and not only helps avoid those unwanted pounds, but also helps manage STRESS!!!
My advice to all - and that includes myself - is not to deny yourself things that make the holidays special, but do them in moderation. Whether it's extra concerts, activites, or treats, ENJOY them but be good to yourself by taking it easy.
Happy Holidays everybody!