As much as I love December I also find it one of the most stressful months of the year, mainly because there’s so much going on. Last year, for example, I organised the school Christmas fair, planned and hosted a friend’s baby shower, completed umpteenth work deadlines – on top of all the regular school festive admin / trips / plays, wrapping and card writing and present buying. By the time Christmas rolled around I was exhausted.
This year I’m taking a more laid back approach to December. I’m still busy – I’ve got a couple of exciting work projects on the go at the moment that I’ll share more of here once they’re all finalised – but I’ve become a lot better at protecting my boundaries when it comes to festive stress. I’m taking on less extra stuff this year and prioritising my family alongside my work, instead of spreading myself so thin I’m ready to snap.
So number one on my December happy list is probably “protected boundaries”, although that doesn’t feel like a tangible thing to put on a list. [Read More…]