I don't know about other moms out there, but the holiday season brings out the best and the worst in me. One minute I'm bursting with excitement for all of the fun holiday family traditions that lie ahead, while the next moment my mind is spinning with the million and one exhausting preparations that need to be done for said traditions to successfully take place. I have the tendency to become an extreme Mommy Grinch this time of year, complete with crankiness, irritability, and an overall "just let this be over soon" mentality.
This year, I've decided to make a conscious effort to prevent the Mommy Grinch from rearing her ugly head. I want to enjoy each and every day of this holiday season, making lasting memories with my daughter and relishing in family time and the festivities of Christmas! A few weeks ago, I shared a Message to Moms on the importance of taking time to care for themselves. I believe that doing so is the key to keeping Mommy Grinch at bay. With everything that we try to accomplish around the holidays, it's easy to forget about our own needs, which leaves us feeling exhausted and unhappy. So, I have come up with 5 ways to help fend off potential visits from the Mommy Grinch.
I know I'm not the only one who passes on going to bed at a reasonable hour for some extra alone time. While it's nice to be able to watch a TV show or read a book in peace, sleep is much more crucial for keeping Mommy Grinch from making an appearance. We need our beauty rest, ladies! I'll be making an effort to push my bedtime forward by at least an hour.
2) Eat Healthy
The expression "you are what you eat" comes to mind here, and Grinchy Mommy feeds off of sugar highs and low blood sugar crashes. While we're busy running our errands and checking off our daily to-do lists, it's easy to forget to stop to nourish our bodies. No skipping meals or stuffing faces with Christmas cookies. Lay off the sugar and eat your healthy protein, mamas! Let's keep our energy levels high and our "Grinchiness" low!
3) Schedule Time for Yourself
Get a massage, take a bubble bath, go to spin class, have dinner with a friend, read a magazine, take a walk. Do something that relaxes you and makes you happy. No kids allowed. Ship em' to Grandma's or schedule a sitter.
4) Don't Overdo It
This is the one I tend to struggle with the most. I make countless plans and try to accomplish so many tasks that I end up running myself ragged. Choose what's most important to you and your family, and make those things the priority. Honestly, is it really necessary to stay up until 1 AM baking 12 different kinds of Christmas cookies?
5) Acknowledge Your Accomplishments
It's easy to get wrapped up in what you didn't do as opposed to what you did do. Give yourself credit for all the preparations you're making, and focus on your accomplishments! Mommy Grinch is less likely to come-a-knockin' if you have a positive frame of mind. Take a few minutes each day to say something kind to yourself and recognize that you're doing your best!
The overall message can be summed up in these few words:
So, who's with me? It's time to overtake the Mommy Grinch and make a conscious effort to enjoy every bit of this holiday season! Let's vow to take care of ourselves as well as we care for the ones we love. After all, we deserve to be happy, too!
Do you have any other suggestions for how fend off the Mommy Grinch this holiday?
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