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Handling the Holidays Without Imploding

by Nicole Adamson December 12, 2016

Handling the Holidays Without Imploding

Maybe you breeze through the holidays with a song in your heart? Maybe the very idea of the holiday season inflicts upon you an Existential crises? If you're like me, it's a little bit of both. In the last hurried weeks of the season, I offer you my tips for handling the holidays with grace. 

GIFT GIVING

Cut back. If you find that with each passing year you feel compelled to give more and more to those you love, stop the urge. As you're making a list of whom you're going to buy gifts for this year, give some thought to what one gift might be significant or meaningful to each person on your list. Every one of us wants to know that someone in this world gets us. 

REMEMBER YOU'RE NOT ALONE

The streets are bustling. The stores are packed. And five of you are inching your way to the display table with the last few remaining items for sale. Take a deep breath and look at your fellow shoppers all of whom are probably under the same stress. Is that one item worth the tussle? Let it go and you'll walk away feeling a little lighter. 

INDULGE IN A LITTLE NOSTALGIA WITHOUT INFLICTING YOUR TRADITIONS ON OTHERS

A big part of the holidays for adults is the desire to rekindle the magic we experienced as children. When you realize that it can't be done no matter how hard you try and you resign yourself to finding new ways to celebrate, you'll feel better and you'll see the holiday season in a new light. But, that doesn't mean you need to let go of the past entirely. Pick one or two things from the days of yore that mean the most to you, indulge in them and share them with the people you love and celebrate with as an adult. For me, that means making cookies with my kids and digging out an old album of Christmas music that I grew up listening to. 

GET OUT AND RIDE YOUR BIKE

I have a hard time motivating myself to get out and go for a bike ride when it's cold and dreary, and I make every excuse why I can't go. As a result, I spend a lot of time on my trainer and while the workout is great and it keeps my legs in shape for Spring, nothing and I mean nothing beats a ride outside. I whine about it as I'm pulling on the layers, but the minute I clip in and feel the fresh air hit my lungs I'm happy. Challenge yourself to get out to ride at least once a month this winter. Find friends who will go with you, or check with a club in your area to see what they've got going on. Riding with a group of other rad women is an incredible motivator and it usually begins and/or ends with coffee and snacks. And nothing beats a ride with coffee and snacks. 

Happy Holidays! 





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