With the holidays upon us we all feel stressed with everything on our plate.  We have our regular responsibilities as an adult and then there is family gatherings, Christmas shopping, decorating, baking, cards and the list goes on and on.  It’s time to take back the holidays and focus on what is important to you.

First step is to make sure you take care of your personal needs and respect your selfcare.  It doesn’t matter what other people want, it matters what you want.  If you need extra time to rest, then do it.  If you need time with friend’s vs going to see family, then do it.  If Christmas cards, baking or decorating is not your thing, then don’t do it.  Know when to say, no and be okay with it.  There is nothing more important than your own personal needs.  If you don’t take care of yourself, you are no good to people around you.

Second make sure to find time to move your body.  I am not saying you need to go run a marathon, but it’s important to continue to move your body.  Our bodies are very special, and we get one body, so take care of it.  When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins.  These endorphins trigger positive feels.  Another words, you will feel better about yourself and life.  So just try it.  

Christmas is not about spending money and buying people gifts.  It’s about spending time with loved ones and celebrating what matters to you.  If you would like to give gifts, then okay, but it’s not worth going into debt.  Buying someone a gift that they may or may not like so you can spend the next 6 months paying off credit card debt is not a wise choice.  Make good choices this holiday season.

This is your holiday season, so embrace it and do what makes you happy.  Remember you can only control your own actions and your own feels.  Focus on yourself and your needs and everything else will fall into place.