Being busy is an amorphous expression that can mean doing anything that takes our time, energy and focus. No matter what the activity, we can say we’re busy. In my case, it’s about preparation for upcoming events.
We all have preparations for the holidays, even if we celebrate in a low-key way. We are currently snowed in with ice-encrusted roads, so I’m automatically less busy. That’s because many of the events I’ve been planning for have been canceled. Guess I’m not so busy after all!
Instead of planning for events, I’m going to focus on a strategy for getting through the holidays without feeling bloated and overwhelmed. I’m sure I’m not the only one who dreads that experience. Here’s what I do and if you have ideas, please post them here.
1. Plan ahead. A game plan before a party is really a smart way to go when it comes to curtailing over-eating and over-drinking. Example: eat more veggies than dip, drink 12oz of water before and after an alcoholic beverage.
2. Decide what YOU want out of the holidays. Do you want more time with friends and family, traditional foods that you only eat once a year, or something else entirely? Whatever it is WRITE IT DOWN NOW! This is a way to achieve what you want.
3. Big-spread bash strategy – decide before you go what you REALLY want. Write it down. When you get there, if it’s a buffet check it out before loading your plate. Take only what’s on your list. Savor and visit. Enjoy!
4. Hosting and potlucks – plan some healthy foods. I’ve noticed at the functions I’ve been attending that there is a serious lack of fresh veggies. Lots of fancy crackers, cheeses, potatoes dishes, etc. but somehow, those fresh veggies are missing. If you’re the host, plan some crunchy munchies to nibble on. Same goes for that party platter you’re taking to Aunt Sue’s.
5. Saying thanks, but no thanks – this is often really hard, isn’t it? Try out some good ways to say thank you to someone for their invitation or special holiday treat of double-fudge-mint-chocolate-chip anything, extra helpings, etc. Start with a positive statement, like “I love those! I’m really having a hard time resisting, but doctor’s orders!” or “You are so good to think of inviting me! I just wish I could cancel that other commitment…”
You really can make the holidays more enjoyable, when you know what you want, make yourself a priority, and have a game plan. Here’s to a happy, healthy, and abundant time for all!