Rock & Roll With It

Gosh, are you getting swept up in seasonal social events too? Hope you're having fun and keeping a light heart as you bustle about.

Just remember to drink enough water and try to get a full night's sleep whenever you can.

Also, if you can snatch 20 or 30 minutes alone time now and then to just read some fiction or otherwise kick back without accomplishing anything, do! I find it can charge my batteries enough to get happily through the next round of putting on fancy clothes & uncomfortable shoes.

Happy holidays!

Special Early Edition Saturday Post

Sleep in this weekend.

Really, trust me on this. December is about to get really nuts with events and holidays and dealing with people who are all wound up.

For at least an extra hour each morning, opt out. Sleeeeep.

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Family with small children/Morning persons edition:
Go to bed early and good luck in the morning. At least maybe you can hold off on doing anything more than puttering around in your bathrobe.

Recovery Day

Do what you need to do for yourself today (or as soon as you can if it's a travel day).

Eat lightly and blandly if your belly is weary.
Drink just water if your head is aching.
Sleep more if you're tired.
Be alone if you're tired of people.
If you're not, be with just those who give you energy rather than draining it.

Take whatever forms of rest you need. It's good for you to be good to yourself.

Anti-aggravation Week #3: Find a little breathing room

Even the best families can be annoying sometime, so I encourage you to do two things at those big gatherings:

#1 – When you need a little space, find a way to take it. Good techniques: walking the dog, washing some dishes, amusing the little kids, pleading food-induced need for a nap, showing the newest family member around the neighborhood, running a last-minute errand, having a shower.

#2 – Make space. Build some alone time into your events. Don't make a fuss over people retreating from time to time. Rescue the stressed.

Useful phrases include
"Mmm, fantastic. Who else is ready for a nap break?"
"I need a little walk before the pie, care to come along?"
"Mom, I can do that for you, but sit down for just a moment and tell me again about the trip where you got this vase. That was just after you two got married, right?"
and
"Okay, that's got about an hour more to cook and everything else is all ready, so you all can just relax or read or whatever and I'll let you know when we get close to dinner time."