It’s here… Flu Season. The pounding head-sore throat-body aching-even my hair hurts-nothing sounds good-dear God maybe I should just die-flu.
Is it a coincidence that flu season overlaps the Holiday season? I think not.
As Mom/Baker/Decorator/Party Planner/Shopper/Gift Wrapper etc. my #1 reason for getting sick during the flu/holiday season is from doing far too much!
In 2010 I vow to stay healthy by Simplifying my Holiday to-do list including:
- Shopping: One word: Online. Two words: Free shipping. Three words: In my pajamas. Added bonus? Avoid germ-filled crowds!
- Holiday baking: this year, I asked the hubbs (aka cookie monster which treats he wanted). I also polled the kids. They told me and now I’m making 4 items instead of 14.
- Decorating: Remembering that whatever I put up… has to come down.
- Cooking: I love to cook and for others especially. But I don’t want to miss all the fun by having my face in the oven all day. I’ve simplified menus & am making as much ahead of time I can. We’ll get together, we’ll laugh, eat, play games, and there will still be more than enough.
- General well-being: When I’m tired, I’m going to bed and I mean it (insert foot stomp here). An extra hour of sleep during the season makes the difference between a happy, healthy host and a cranky curmudgeon.
- Hydration. As in H20. And the occasional Labatt’s.
- Pace: Taking a break –when I least feel like it, I’m bundling up and heading out on a brisk walk. The fresh air and movement aids digestion, puts color in my cheeks and …gives me a break from relatives. Whee!
- Just say no: Most importantly, I’ve stopped saying “yes” to everyone and started saying “yes” to myself. (((Where’s MY Christmas??))) I’m hoping this translates to less cleaning / shopping / wrapping / decorating / making everything sparkly and wonderful ….for everyone else. This year I’m carving out a little “me” time: Time to read.. to cry at a Holiday movie .. to exercise .. to sleep in .. to snuggle up with the hubbs ..to play board games, giggle with grand-kids, sing along to Bing, Ella and Elvis, and be present for all the magic that is the Holidays.
Oh, and wash my hands with soap & warm water. Often.