There’s no denying it anymore: the silly season is officially here and the countdown to Christmas is on. It can be a magical time of year, but it can also be ridiculously stressful and difficult to keep things lighthearted and fun. Everyone is starting to feel tired and the change in weather is always a tricky one to manage (whether it’s the arrival of snow or the scorching heat). Here are my tips for keeping it lighthearted this silly season. (Hopefully I can remember to take my own advice ;))
Tips for a Lighthearted Silly Season
- Plan a treat day/night once a week – it could be a family movie, or a pizza night or even an evening where you drive around to see the Christmas lights
- Do something kind everyday – this doesn’t have to be big and flashy, but kindness has a way of making us all feel better (and don’t forget to be kind to yourself too)
- Allow yourself to say ‘no’ to things when you need to – it’s commitment central at this time of year. It’s ok to pass on things when it’s all getting too much. Nothing makes you feel quite as stressed as trying to fit in 3 events on the one day
- Let some of the annoying things slide – this can be super tricky when everyone’s on edge, but sometimes letting it go is the way to keep things from feeling like a long argument
- Keep your expectations in check – sometimes we get a picture in our minds of how things should be and often we are left disappointed when they don’t quite turn out that way. Allowing room for things to be imperfect can help make it a more pleasant time for everyone
- Let yourself off the hook – things get missed accidentally, no time to make dinner, and gifts aren’t always wrapped just the way we might like. Apologise where you might need to, order take away (take out) and remember that gift bags and tissue paper were invented for last minute wrapping
- Make time for laughter and making fun memories – these are the things we remember in the long run, so don’t forget to make some time to enjoy each others’ company and make some fun memories
Whilst I love the joy that comes with gifting and wrapping, I do find it a stressful time of year too. For me this silly season is all about being thankful for what I have and for the good people around me. I’m going to make time to do some things that I love and try to spread some Christmas cheer without going too over the top. Being kind and forgiving are on the top of my list.
May we all survive this silly season with happy hearts and enough sleep for everyone!
What’s your number one tip for keeping things lighthearted this silly season?