Tis the season, to do it all! Consumerism and hectic busyness are in full swing. It takes conscious effort to not be dragged into the frenetic side of these holidays we know and love. Many of us take the view that this month is to be survived, and January will be the time to rest. One of the keys to not just surviving but rather enjoying this month is to keep things simple.
One of the first things that happens when stress and busyness enter the picture is we stop thinking, stop processing, and start doing doing doing. This is a positive and adaptive way to get through a challenge, but if our challenge is the holiday season it makes sense to take a step back and reevaluate if this is something we want to just get through. So 2 basic tips on how to simplify:
Aim for more meaning, less money with your gift giving. Maybe those loved ones on your gift list aren’t just hoping for the best new gadget. Maybe they would really be happiest with a better connection with you. A handmade gift, a heartfelt letter, or an outing together as their present might be better options than hitting the mall. Don’t just keep up with the Joneses, think about what you really want to communicate to the person you are gifting, and find an appropriate symbol.
Aim for more meaning, less time. You truly don’t have to do it all. Half the time but with engaged interaction is much more valuable than full time in which you are not fully present. Know your limits and give what you can. It can at times be helpful to communicate this to people as well- that you want to stay fully engaged during your time together and so this is how you have structured what you can give. Maybe it isn’t essential that you make an appearance at absolutely every holiday party you are invited to, choose the most important.
Keep it simple and don’t just survive, thrive!