Just when you think life can’t get any busier, along come the holidays. Suddenly, you are not only balancing end-of-the-year work projects with your usual commitments at home, but you also have gifts to buy, a tree to decorate, cookies to bake, and extended family to visit! But you can manage the stress of the holidays by applying some of these same skills that make us successful here at YGS.
- Let Go of the Guilt
In the words of Princess Elsa, “Let it go!” Guilt can cause you to become frozen, focused on what you didn’t accomplish and otherwise can’t change. Instead of feeling guilty about the cookies you didn’t bake or the lights that didn’t get hung this year, focus on what’s really important this holiday season—spending time with your friends and loved ones. My tree is still not decorated, by the way.
- There’s No ‘I’ in Team
Anyone trying to juggle work, pets, kids, family, etc., needs help and support. Make it a team effort by asking for help. My best friend offered some great advice for my problem with letting go of guilt: Tonight, our babysitter is helping us get our holiday swagger on! Although it pains me to not be able to do it all myself, what’s important is that it gets done and the kids have fun—and our neighbors don’t start calling us the Scrooge’s.
- You Determine What Success Looks Like
A mentor of mine used to say “perfect is the enemy of good.” It was a difficult concept to grasp at the time, but as I gained life experience, I understood. Drop the notion of being perfect and set your own standards for success. I would love to have all the presents perfectly wrapped and set under my beautifully decorated tree by now, but just being able to say my shopping is done is a huge accomplishment!
- Take Care of You
Whether it’s fitness, baking, or reading a book, making time for yourself will benefit you, your work, and family too! I have to admit this has been the tough one to stick with during this hectic holiday time, and I’m feeling it too! Try to carve out some time to sneak away for a yoga class or catch a holiday movie. Be kind to yourself. Ooom.
- Cut Yourself a Break
After having my daughter, a wise doctor told me “let the dust bunnies lay.” Forgive yourself when things don’t get done. Take it all in while you can because before you know it, it will be a new year with new challenges. Grab a cookie and some eggnog and enjoy this time you’ve been given. It truly is a gift.
The holidays can be a wonderful reprieve to enjoy extra time spent with family and friends if you organize, communicate, set limits, and delegate. Achieving a well-balanced life both personally and professionally doesn’t mean reaching perfection, it just means finding what works for you and being able to navigate it with joy.