As moms, it is so easy to feel the weight of the world on your shoulders this time of year. From the tradition planning, to the cooking, to the shopping and the entertaining—many of the holiday’s most important tasks fall onto our to-do lists. As a teenager, then young adult, the holidays meant bouncing from place to place, eating my weight in home baked sweets from relatives, and following along in the traditions of my family. Now the tables have turned. We are creating our own traditions. We are planning our own holidays. And by golly I am going to make sure I can enjoy them!
Yesterday I shared a few secrets to a stress-free holiday, but today I thought it would be helpful to share a few tips on making sure momma’s energy tank is 100% filled for the upcoming festivities. Here are 8 things I am planning on doing to make sure I am healthy this holiday season.
Indulge in Moderation
From pies to chocolates, Peppermint Frappuccino’s to thanksgiving meals—calorie-filled goodness is everywhere this time of year. It’s nearly impossible to say no. Give yourself some grace. Enjoy a few bites. I am allowing myself two Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino this year. Although I would love one every afternoon, they are far more enjoyable and special in moderation.
Make Time for Exercise
Between the actual holidays and all of the events that go along with the celebrations, exercise seems to fall to the bottom of my list of priorities. In reality, this is probably the most important time for me to keep active. Since I am taking a brief hiatus from my regular evening bootcamps, we’ve been trying to do some sort of activity to keep us moving and our stress levels at bay. Walks around the neighborhood to look at lights, playing together on the jungle gym at the park, or just chasing each other in the backyard—find a way to keep moving this holiday season.
Schedule in Relaxation Time
It is so easy for self-care to be the last thing on your mind with holidays at every corner. Make it a priority. Schedule a pedicure or a haircut. Leave a pajama day on your calendar and just hang out at home in your pajamas all day with your family. The balance between a busy schedule and enough time to relax is a tough one. The deeper I’ve gotten into motherhood, the more I’ve realized how vital it is to actually schedule empty days on the calendar.
Prep Your Body for Travel
Throw Expectations Out the Door
The one secret to exceeding your expectations is lowering them. Whether you’re trying to wrangle a toddler for a holiday family photo (I’ve been there), cook your first full blown Thanksgiving dinner, or finish your holiday shopping before Christmas eve, make sure the goals you are setting for yourself are reasonable and you will not be disappointed. I’d love a smiling picture of Brody on our holiday card this year, but come photo day he was anything but smiling. I decided that having a picture of the three of us together on a holiday card this year is enough to make me happy.
Nap as Needed
I’ll be honest, I am usually not a napper. I like catching up on things around the house when Brody is snoozing. But this time of year, I’m letting myself nap if I am exhausted. I know myself and I know that the limited sleep that sometimes comes with this season can make me moody. So if we’re going to have a late night or an extra early morning, you may catch me napping right alongside of Brody.
Keep the Germs at Bay
Count Your Blessings
Above all, count your blessings. Do not compare your holidays to those of others. Do not be hard on yourself if you don’t cross off that entire winter bucket list. Be grateful for the little moments this season. Enjoy the time with your little ones for next Christmas they will be an entire year older. Make some memories, share some laughs, take care of yourself, and give thanks for the blessings you have been given.