The holidays are basically here (what?) and we are all in need of hacks to save your sanity through the season. The next few months are full of events, obligations, and demands, but we can get through it all by setting boundaries and expectations now!
As someone who loves to cook, this is a hard one to admit, but catering can be a lifesaver. I love so many delicious family recipes at our big holiday dinners, but sometimes it’s easier (and even less expensive) to order out. You’ll save hours on prep work and cleanup, and you can spend that time with family, friends, or doing anything other than putting together a huge meal. Outsource desserts or appetizers, and focus on main dishes, or even order something completely untraditional and unexpected for your holiday dinner.
Don’t Reinvent The Wheel
A trap I often fall into is the holiday DIY. I see so many great ideas online, and decide to try to do it myself (which is why I have a life-size chicken wire ghost hanging out in my garage). It’s in my head to make gifts, decor, treats, and so many other things, inspired by people who have way more time and talent than me. At the end of the day, don’t get bogged down by extra work. Take on only the projects that are most important and either buy or skip the rest. Your future self will thank you.
The best way to manage holiday expectations is to just leave town. Find a place to go, pack your bags, and hit the road. There are no rules that say you have to be accessible to people during the holiday season, unless you want to be, so head out on an adventure, if you’re feeling up to it. Bonus: no need to decorate if you’re not home!
“No” Is A Complete Sentence
You don’t have to attend every event you’re invited to. Seriously. The very best hack to save your sanity is to just decline. Choose the things that are most important to you and bow out of the rest. It’s ok to not overbook and it’s ok to need time to recharge. Don’t forget it.
Do The Things That Bring You Joy
One thing I’m learning is that I should do the holiday things that bring me joy. I personally love the entertaining and themed dinners and the decorating, but if I find myself lacking the bandwidth, that’s ok, too. My family likes the effort I put in, but they also don’t mind if our dessert matches the spooky movie we’re watching, or if the whole house is decorated for Christmas rather than just one room. Halloween is my favorite, so that’s where I’m putting my energy this year. The rest will be dependent on my mood.
What are ways you save your sanity over the holidays?
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