Well we are well and truly into the last few weeks of the year now. The kids and I can tell you exactly how many days we have left of school and work (hours and minutes too if you’re interested). Of course the end of the school year, combined with Christmas makes for some crazy days in the mean time. End of year parties, presentation nights, Christmas get-togethers, as well as a myriad of other events, are all on the agenda. It can make what is meant to be a special time of year super busy, and super exhausting. If you’re struggling to keep your sanity in among the craziness of this time of year, here are six strategies to help you out.
Don’t try to do it all
Seriously, just don’t! Sometimes the sheer number of events on can be overwhelming. Clearly some events are non negotiable (school presentation nights for example), but others may be. We will be skipping swim club once or twice to make sure we have enough breaks between events
Get to bed early
All the socialising that goes on during the Christmas season can be exhausting, even if you’re an extrovert. Make sure you get plenty of rest by getting to bed early on those nights where you are at home. As a bit of night owl, this is something I need to make myself do, but on the nights I go to bed early, my body thanks me!
Limit the sugar, fat, and alcohol
Lots of social events come with lots of extra sweet treats and drinks. Pace yourself by drinking water or juice, and attacking the fruit platter when you can. You really will feel better for avoiding too much of the junk food.
Have some easy to pull together snacks and food in the cupboard to take and share
By having several ready to grab snacks and meals, you don’t need to spend hours making food before you head out to a get together. Pop some dips and cheeses in the fridge, and some crackers in the cupboard, or some pastizzi in the freezer. That way you are ready to go with a minimum of effort.
Use a calendar or diary
Write every event down on the family calendar or diary. Don’t forget to note times, and details. It’s a lot easier to manage if the whole family knows what events are on when. In our house, if it’s not on the calendar, it’s not going to happen.
Cut each other (and yourself) some slack
So you didn’t get time to hand make that teachers gift, or were running late for a get together? These things happen. Everyone is busy at this time of year. The kids are tired, and so are you. Cut yourself some slack. The kids may spend a bit too much time on the screen, and you may serve eggs three nights in a row. That’s OK.
What are your tips for surviving the silly season?