I’m tired. Are you?
I distinctly remember feeling like this around this time last year.
We seem to be hurtling toward the end of the year at a rapid pace. It’s all going too fast. Can somebody put the brakes on?
We are so close to the finish line, to Christmas holidays, family time and a new year full of resolutions, goals and dreams, yet it seems so far away.
I’m throwing myself into work and this blog and those little people who follow me around all the time are quite demanding too, bless them.
I’ve noticed lately that the smallest things can stress me out.
For me, stress shows in my throat. It tightens, I have trouble breathing and I get the hiccups frequently. This is a telltale sign that I haven’t been listening to my body. Alarm bells are going off, I’ve let things go too far and it’s time for me to slow down.
I’ve been feeling a little scattered lately too, which is easy to happen at this time of year when our social calendars rev up a notch and deadlines are closer than we thought.
Blockbuster informed me last week that I have a DVD 30 days overdue. What? I returned that … didn’t I? Sometimes I’m so busy running around that I can’t even remember what I have or haven’t done.
I don’t like feeling distracted when I’m with the kids or acting like a cranky mum because I’m wigged out trying to get everything done.
So, instead of whinging about how tired and cranky I feel and how much I have to do before Christmas, I’m sharing my five point plan to keeping happy, healthy and in control until Christmas.
5 ways to stay sane in the lead up to Christmas
If you’re not already a list person, it’s time to become one now! I find a good list (or three thousand) helps me stay focused, organised and gives me a sense of achievement. How good does it feel to cross items off your list?
I’m a recent convert to calendars. I don’t know how I survived this long without one. I have a pretty good memory for dates and events, but with all four of our schedules becoming busy lately, a calendar ensures I don’t miss a thing and can plan ahead to avoid unnecessary stress.
I don’t often get a chance to exercise, but when I do the effects are instantaneous. Swimming is my medicine. I love how my body feels weightless in the water and how easily I can get in the zone when there’s just me and the black line. I become calmer and it’s often a time of clarity for me.
4. Do nothing one day a week
Okay, so as close to nothing as you can get. Last Friday I put my to-do list on hold and cast a blind eye on the ironing basket to spend an easy day at home with the girls. We usually keep ourselves busy rushing around socialising or running errands. While Miss Four enjoys getting out and about, Smiley can find it a bit much at times. The three of us needed this time out and funnily enough putting everything on hold made me feel a lot calmer.
5. Switch off the screen half an hour before bed
The 21 Day Get Healthy Challenge I did recently with The Wellness Warung is the inspiration behind this one. I’m an absolute shocker for going to bed late and waking early. Plus, most of the time my sleep is broken. I’m usually glued to one of my screens right up until the second before I close my eyes. Switching off half an hour before I go to bed has helped me to fall asleep easier and stay asleep longer.
How are you feeling this time of year? What tips would you add?
Linking up today with the inspirational Jess for IBOT.