The holiday season can be downright stressful. There never seems to be enough time or money to do all the things you want to do for and with your family. So often as parents we place undue pressure on ourselves to create the perfect holiday experience for our children and families. The perfect presents, the perfect decorations, the perfect dinner… it can all be perfectly maddening.
Last week in pursuit of this perfection, I worked for hours looking for and hanging decorations. I literally spent an entire day doing nothing but. Several times during the day my daughter asked me if I would play with her, and each time I said, “Not now, I’m busy. When I’m finished.”
When I finally sat down to relax and enjoy the fruits of my labor, my daughter sat down next to me and asked if I would play with her. I immediately told her I was too tired. Then I saw the disappointment on her face. She’d been waiting all day to spend time with me and I had let her down.
It was an “A-ha” moment for me. It’s definitely a work in progress, but I am trying to do my best to slow down and be intentional about how I spend my time this holiday season. When I start to feel overwhelmed I have decided to just BREATHE…
B: I will do my best to BE in the moment and not worry.
R: I will REMEMBER to be grateful for my family.
E: I will EXTEND kindness to everyone I encounter.
A: I will ACCEPT help from others.
T: I will take a TIME-OUT when I become overwhelmed.
H: I will extend a hand of HELP to someone who is need.
E: I will EXHALE – it’s going to be ok!
Here’s hoping you are able to do the same!