It’s so important for a busy mama to prioritize rest and self care, especially during the holiday season, but who has time to relax?!

I was talking about this idea with a good friend, and she said her solution is to do whatever makes her happy. What a great idea!

But this friend is not a sports mama, which means she has more free time than I do, so that won’t work, right? If I do that, I’ll be further behind and even more crazy! 🤪

So how do I do this?…

I know… I need a mindset shift! But how do I actually do that?

The simplest way to start is to shift your words from “have to” to “get to”. For example, when talking about buying gifts for friends and family, change your words to “I get to go shopping for Christmas gifts” or even “I’m going to go shopping.” 

When we use the words “have to”, it feels heavy and like a chore. And let’s be real… you don’t HAVE TO do anything you don’t want to do. There may be some consequences you don’t like if you don’t do it, but you don’t have to do whatever it is. You GET TO! And for the sake of perspective… so many people don’t have the opportunity to do the things we tend to take for granted. So let’s appreciate what we get to do! 💛

When we make a simple shift in our words, it creates a shift in the energy behind those words. And with time, it leads to a shift in how we feel. 

Another practical step is to stay present. With so much going on around us, it’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle. 

When you find yourself in the middle of chaos and feeling the stress, take a minute to pause, breathe deeply and appreciate all the good things surrounding you. Even in the darkest of times, we can always find something to be grateful for. We are so blessed!

And finally, carve out a few minutes each day just for you. It doesn’t have to be long or extravagant… just relaxing. It can even be as simple as sitting in the car a few minutes longer to let your favorite song finish before going in. One of my favorite things during the holidays is sit with a hot cup of tea and stare at the Christmas tree for a few minutes. The lights are so pretty, and it calms me.

We are the ones stealing our own joy. And we are in control (at least of most things). When our minds are focused on the negative and the burdens, we quickly get frustrated, exhausted and even cranky. But when we focus on gratitude and “get-to’s”, we can find peace and appreciation. 

So, what is one thing you can do to avoid burnout this Christmas? Do you have a favorite thing? I would love to hear about it! 🎄🎁

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