Surviving the Holidays: Part Two

Monday, December 07, 2015

Here is the second part of the series to help you stay minimalist (and sane!) during the busy holiday season.

Keep a Budget
You may not have a lot of money to spend on others. That's okay. This season shouldn't be about the amount of money you spend on others. If this becomes an issue with others, try talking with them and explain to them your situation. You don't have to go into detail since finances can be very personal. Most people will understand as the economic times are hard for almost everyone.

With the holidays comes an abundance of food. Who doesn't love snacksize anything? I often get the urge to eat more than I normally would because this is the time of year I only have certain foods. I have to stop myself from overindulging! Remember, it's okay to treat yourself. Just don't treat yourself to the whole dessert tray and make yourself sick.

Along with the abundance of food, comes time commitments to events and get togethers. I personally get overwhelmed when I go out a lot and don't focus on myself, so I pick and choose a few events to attend and politely decline the others so I can rest. Self-care is very important to me and if I were to go to every event, self-care wouldn't be possible. If you're a social butterfly, enjoy those parties! Just don't burn yourself out.

The holidays cause us to more flexible with time. Between friends, family, work parties, we may feel like we have to accommodate everyone. However, it simply isn't possible to please everyone.

I'm not one to decorate much for the holidays. I just don't have the storage to hold a lot. In fact, this is the first time in a long time that I'm putting up a small tree and some small decorations. I've decided to designate all of my decorations to a small box. If it doesn't fit in the box, I don't keep it. This allows me to decorate, but keep my decorations in moderation.

Simply Yours,

A. Leah