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Getting’ a Grip on Sanity (Before the Real Crazy Hits)

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Oh my goodness, it’s the holidays again.

I don’t know about you, but for me, the holidays can bring out the nutty. The crazy. The psychotic. The if-I-don’t-park-my-car-this-instant-I-am-going-to ram-a-pedestrian-sorry-grandma instability. We’ve all been there, right? Maybe you love the holidays—if so, you surely know someone who cringes when you switch the radio to holiday music. This is how you can support them. If you, like me, struggle with holiday cheer, this list should be of service. Let’s make this year different (hint: avoid busy parking lots). Would if I could give up driving for the month of December, but I cannot. Instead, I started thinking about what I can do to control the crazy and make this holiday season the best, most supportive, for me.

Pamper yourself.
Yep. Use a percentage of your present buying moolah on yourself. Invest it in your mental and physical health. A massage appointment, pedicure, afternoon trip to the movies. Treat yourself!

Make a schedule
The holidays get busy. There are a lot of people to see, parties to crash, and parking lots to maneuver. Keep track of what you say yes to, so you know when it’s time to say no. Seriously. Do it. I get overwhelmed just thinking about December, so I don’t open my December calendar until it’s too late, and then I’m double booked for parties and overwhelmed by the cheer. This is a personal plea. Use your schedule. If you know when the crazy times are, you can create pampering buffers in between events.

Warm your heart
What warms your heart? Love, Actually? Puppies? Seeing old friends? Spending time with your grandparents? (Please avoid parking lots). Something must warm your icicle of a heart—connect with what that is and make time to do it (see above schedule). It’s hard to be too cranky when you’re volunteering with the puppies.

Ask yourself why
What about this time of year overwhelms you? Makes you sad? Extra cranky? There’s likely some root cause under there. Spend some time with it. Honor it, and let it go. Until we’re honest (me too folks, I’ve got some root causes, believe you me) with what makes us crazy, we can’t fully grip sanity.

So, that’s the plan. I’d love to hear your thoughts about the holidays and how you plan to keep your grip on sanity during this time of year. Shout out in the comments section!

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