things they don't tell you...
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I have really been loving the Tuesday #dishthefit link-up with Jill and Jess. This week I decided to stray from the suggested topic to revisit something that I think is so important, especially during the holidays. Don't forget to click the image above to check out the other posts in the link-up!
The holidays are such an exciting time. But this time of year is also the cause of anxiety for most, even those that don't suffer from anxiety during the other 11 months. As a typically anxious person, I find that I need even more help during the winter holiday months. The key is spacing out.
There are a number of reasons that this season is more stressful:
Money is the cause of stress for most of us. Everything is more expensive during the winter months, especially as a New England family. Christmas can put a hole in the accounts but besides the obvious visit from Santa, hosting get-togethers can be pricey too. Food, decorations, booze, outfits. Then there are the things you don't anticipate happening. In our case, it has been quite the doozy around here. One thing after another, I swear. And heating bills begin to rise. Cars often react to the cold and need maintenance, and hopefully not repair. New tires? Tuition for Spring semester of grad school is due. Ok, I am digressing...
A busy schedule comes with the territory. There is very little time for "me-time" during the holidays. There is shopping to do, cleaning to get done, visiting to accomplish, parties to be thrown or attend, end of semester grading, blog posts to be written ;), meals to be cooked. There is always something else that needs to be done. Couch time is practically non-existent.
Weight is difficult to maintain during the holidays for a number of reasons. Besides the obvious array of delicious foods at your fingertips, the cold prevents me (and I am sure many of you) from being quite as active. During the warmer months, I spend hours outside walking the dog and the baby. But now that the frigid temperatures and rain have moved in, it is difficult to motivate myself to dress up the baby and get outside.
If you are new to the blog, I'll tell you that my family is everything to me. They are my people. They are my friends. They are a piece of work. He he. Year round, but more so during the holidays, we try to fit in visits with every possible family member. It is wonderful to connect with those that we don't see often but it is also exhausting. I know this isn't offensive to anyone, because I think we all feel this way. It is difficult to be on your A-game all the time. It is tiring to talk about how you are doing at work. Passing the baby from one set of arms to another makes me sad because I want to watch every second of Madeline's growth. SO, needless to say, spending time with family and friends is utterly exhausting.
So how do I space out?
One of my favorite ways to space out is to walk with the dog and or baby. If I had the opportunity, I would walk or hike the local trails on a daily basis. I do it a lot less frequently now that I am back to work but am making an effort to include this activity on my days off. Even if it isn't practical to travel to the trails, I try to manage a few miles in the neighborhood with the dog. After all, she needs exercise too.
Another way that I am able to "space out" is by driving. I do A LOT of driving. I work an hour away from home and I am very lucky that Madeline generally sleeps through the car rides. This leaves me with a lot of time to do some of my favorite things:
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I am Dom. A mom, teacher, novice writer, cook, wine drinker, and so much more- filling the internet with unsolicited stories, questions, dreams, recipes, and advice. I'll be the voice that tells you what everyone is wondering but no one wants to ask!