Making Time For Yourself During The Holidays: A "Bad Moms Christmas"
From the day after thanksgiving to New Years Day always seems like a blur. Work life kicks up a notch, home life kicks up a notch, social life and family life go off the richter scale.
It's all supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year but it can feel like an overburdening annoying time of the year.
I've found the seasons where I just don't try to do it all are the most memorable and are the ones where I really feel like I'm in the Christmas spirit.
Here are some ways you can make more time for yourself to enjoy the winter festivities like everyone else (without stealing a tree from Lady Footlocker).
Buy Already Made Lunches And Dinners
Most of the time we spend at home at the end of the day is making dinner and brown bag lunch for the next day. Spending that time plus putting up a tree, making cookies, pageant costumes, or writing the annual family update card is allot to take on. That doesn't leave much room for enjoying time with your loved ones. Get meal kits from Fresh Direct to cut down on all the dinner prep while still feeding your family flavorful well balanced meals. They also sell pre-made salads, soups and sandwiches you can brown bag for school & work.
Stock The Kitchen With Everything You Could Need
Grocery stores are nuts during the holidays. A quick stop to pick up a few things could take three times longer than usual. Plus you're so busy, running out can add more stress to the day. Stock your freezer and pantry to the brim with anything you use or may need during the holidays like:
- ziploc baggies
- cookie mix
- brownie mix
- frozen lasagna
- mini quiche
- pigs in a blanket
- chili seasoning
- mac & cheese
- microwave popcorn
- breakfast bars & ceral
- peanut butter
- straganoff mix
- teriyaki sauce
- bbq sauce
Cut Out Chores Or Hire Some Help
It's great to make the bed everyday but if you don't do it will anyone really know......or care? Just for one month cut out some of your routine chores and give yourself more time each day. If you can't cut anything out and can afford it hire some help through the season.
Block Out Time For Yourself
Block out 1 time per week for just you. Even if you just sit and people watch in the park. Give yourself sometime to do what YOU want. If a baby sitter is too expensive try pairing up with a friend to trade off watching each others kids while you: run errands or get a coffee. If no one has time to trade off utilize that daycare at the gym, supermarket, church, etc and get that hour you need.
Go To Bed A Little Earlier
Tuck in and read a book, watch some Netflix or just go to sleep. It's ok to say no to an invitation if what you really want is a quiet night at home.
Take A Bubble Bath
Bubble baths are perfect for alone time. Once your in the tub no one is going to ask you to hop out to change a diaper or find the milk from the back of the fridge. Set a kitchen timer and let your family know that you are off limits until it sounds and you are fully dressed!
Don't Just Order Gifts Online Pay The Extra For Them To Be Delivered Gift Wrapped
Ordering gifts online helps save allot of time. Take it a step further pay the extra few dollars to have the items shipped already gift wrapped. Saves time and ensures no peeking eyes will see what you've bought.
Do Joint Celebrations
Ask a friend or neighbor to pair up for the annual holiday party. All the party prep tasks and the cost can be divided in two. Plus having an extra host during the party means more time for mingling vs passing around hors d'oeuvres.
No go take Christmas back!