Simplify For The Holidays

Wow! Can you believe it’s November already? That means less than 8 weeks until Christmas…and less than 4 weeks until “Thanksgivukkah”. I look forward to sharing meals and holiday traditions with family this time of year. The thing I don’t look forward to is the stress. So, it got me thinking about ways to simplify the holiday season. Think “less is more”.

Commit to less- You don’t have to say yes to everything you’ve been asked to do, especially if the only reason you say yes is because you always have. Time to make new traditions.

Spend less- Instead of buying for everyone on your list and getting swept up in the commercialism of the season, consider holding “Secret Santa” or “White Elephant” gift exchanges. You can set a spending limit and everyone can still have fun both giving and receiving.

Eat less (junk)- It’s still feasible to indulge in some of your favorite treats without making each and every meal of the holiday season a gluttonous feast. Drink lots of water, eat your veggies and indulge in smaller portions.

Sleep more- Ok, not necessarily more but make sure you don’t sacrifice your sleep. You’ll make better decisions and feel less stressed when you’ve had enough sleep.

Spend more time- with loved ones, that is. And less time worrying about appearances and making everything perfect.

Be more present- No, I didn’t say “more presents”. Instead of doing the same old thing on auto-pilot, considering creating some new traditions that encourage you and yours to share and laugh more.

Be more with less.

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