Remember What is Important

Remember What is Important

The holiday season is approaching quickly – only 4 days left! I sometimes panic. Did I buy enough for each person? What if they don’t like their presents? Did I forget anyone?

I have to remind myself to remember what is important about celebrating the holidays. For me, it is the people in my life and spending time with them. All the other stuff is just fluff.

This season, spend a quiet moment appreciating all you have in your life. Try to connect and share some time with the people that are important to you. In my home, I like to create space for us to relax and do things together.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Have a puzzle set up (with the frame done and the pieces sorted).
  • Spread games out on the table.
  • Bake some goodies or better yet, have a cookie decorating area
  • Set up a drink station with punch, cider, or cocktails.
  • Provide an easy craft like glitter glue and clear ornaments.

Having these different areas in your home where people can gather provides an opportunity for talking, sharing, and laughter. I have noticed that a puzzle is especially ideal for conversation because everyone is focused on the activity so it takes the pressure of the relationship. Give these ideas a try! If you have other suggestions, I would love to hear all about them!

I hope you have the most wonderful holiday celebration! 

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Finding Balance

Finding Balance

A well-balanced life, just like a well-balanced meal, includes all the things that we believe are beneficial for us. That’s why we try to limit desserts and put extra veggies on our plate.

What makes a well-balanced life for you? Consider these areas when filling your “plate” or your day: physical, mental, emotional, social, occupational, and/or spiritual. Look at your calendar and identify what part of your week you dedicate to these areas. Eliminate the things that are not so good, like sugar or tv watching, in order to add the things that are more beneficial for you. Don’t eliminate all desserts because it is okay to have some indulgences, but make sure all the important stuff is in your calendar first.

Some examples could be to read a book before bed in order to fulfill a mental goal. Another example could be to do stretching exercises while you watch tv each night for thirty minutes. This fulfills a physical goal. Another example might be to enroll in night school in order to fulfill an occupational goal.

Try making one small change each week until your “plate” is well-balanced and includes all the areas necessary for good health.

Featured photo by Leio McLaren on Unsplash.