I love the holidays but when January 1st rolls around I think I am always ready for the normal. Sure getting together with family and friends for dinner, exchanging gifts, having bad sweater parties, staying up too late, eating too much and enjoying all the decorations is a ton of fun but let’s be real, it is also exhausting! Depending on your relationships it can also be a very difficult time.
Focus on what is realistic – not ideal – or you risk facing major disappointment when things do not go as planned. Treasure traditions, but be open to new ones as well. Experiment with different culture’s customs or invite new friends and family over to start some new traditions. Take a look at how your life has changed in the past year. Be flexible and willing compromise. Holidays are about more than what you eat and where you eat it or about the gift’s price point. Sometime the holidays do not look exactly how we remember and that is okay!
Sure your list of things you need to achieve is long but staying up late and missing out on much needed sleep will not be helpful in the long run. Skimping out on sleep can leave you stressed and tired, through off your diet, and increase your risk of colds, depression and even car accidents! Make sleep and rest a priority this season!