There is so much magic around this time of year. The lights are up, the parties are happening, we’re spending time with our loved ones, and somehow we all manage to pick up baking (or, if you’re like me, just watch the ever classic Great British Baking Show and call it a day). BUT- the pressure of all these things, particularly the pressure to do them all perfectly AND simultaneously, can be so overwhelming.
I see my clients go through the full range of emotions- but the one I see most frequently? Exhaustion.
The beauty surrounding the holidays can often just be swirling just outside our reach while we’re checking off our to-do list; and before you know it, it’s a new year. The parties are over, the decorations are put away, and the regularly scheduled program begins again.
Let’s change that. If I could do anything for my clients, I’d change that. It’s why I started my company in the first place. To take from them all the stressful components of their lives- and leave the really beautiful ones, especially during times like this. So, after watching families throughout the last few seasons, I’ve come up with 5 tips for the holidays- to save both your time and sanity.
I’m obviously bias to this one, but for good reason. I see outsourcing as the greatest asset we have during particularly busy or stressful times. Understanding that your time is better served doing the things that bring you joy, and surrounded with your loved ones is crucial. The financial commitment pales in comparison to the freedom outsourcing brings. It is okay to ask for help. I’m giving you permission. You are literally buying back hours of your day.
This could be seen as just another thing added to the to-do list (BUT, we have an answer for that, *see above*). Having your home just as chaotic as your schedule is a recipe for disaster. Nevermind the fact that for 1-2 months a year you could be drowning in seasonal knick knacks. Taking the time to donate and toss all the things that no longer serve a purpose in your current lifestyle gives you space to breathe, enjoy your space, and give to those less fortunate.
It’s freezing. And it’s wet. And it gets dark before dinner time. Not exactly the recipe we’re all looking for to enjoy some time in the great outdoors. I think we’re all guilty of staying a little too cooped up- and maybe having one too many cookies or cocktails during the holidays. We can only take so much. So take the time to get some fresh air, sit on the porch, take a walk. I promise it’ll be worth it.
GET RID OF EXPECTATIONS
Phew. Tough one, but crucial. Understanding that things might not (and probably won’t) go as planned. You might not have gotten the Christmas tree up after Thanksgiving dinner. You might not have had time to hand sew every family member scarves, or bake the 100 cookies for the bakesale from scratch. AND IT’S FINE. You can’t expect yourself (or anyone else for that matter) to do it all. Enjoy the ride, expect the unexpected. All that cliché stuff.
LET GO OF PERFECTION
Hand in hand with getting rid of expectations, is letting go of perfection. Not only can you not expect yourself to do it all, but you certainly can’t expect yourself to do it all perfectly. This is the pressure cooker I see every year starting around November 1st. The look of panic, and dread, and oh-my-god-help. The truth is? Perfection isn’t attainable. And no one’s doing it. Not even those Pinterest and Instagram families. Allow yourself to be beautifully and perfectly flawed- it’s the best lesson we can teach those around us anyway
Source: Anna Britting | The Britting Group | www.thebrittinggroup.com