It's November 2nd- that day where we magically go from Halloween Town to Christmas as fast as we can rip down our spider web decorations. I'm not mad about it either, I love everything about this time of year- the movies, decorations, family gatherings,etc. But with each passing year as we have had more children and more responsibilities, I have noticed that the holidays feel much less...holiday-y than they used to and more like another job. I hear this from other women all the time; we are all already so busy and run down than when something extra comes along it just about takes us out. I'm putting myself back on my list this Christmas and I'm going to share some ways that you can too.
Keep up (or start) your fitness routine
This is absolutely crucial for me. When you aren't moving your body, you just don't feel your best. Combine that with the high sugar foods that come along with Thanksgiving and Christmas and you just end up feeling sluggish and bleh. So find something active that you love doing and make it a priority everyday. Extra points if it's a group activity, like a class or a team, which has been shown to decrease feelings of depression and anxiety.
Simplify and Delegate
We women can do it all, but we cannot do it ALL well. Try a grocery delivery service, like shop.shipt.com/ and have them arrive right to your doorstep. An even better option would be to order already made healthy meals (gluten and dairy free) through www.dailyjars.com/#mailing-list-module. I used Daily Jars while doing an elimination diet and there is no way I could have done it without them. Another great Richmond option is mynourishingkitchen.com/ . According to their website,"You’ll assemble six (6) whole-food, plant-based, organic, allergen friendly, freezer meals in less than two hours that you and your family will enjoy. Each meal serves 4-6 people, and some of our soups, and stews serve even more. All of this for as little as $4-$5 per serving!".
My husband and I do weekly date nights because we absolutely have to and I encourage you to do so as well. If you aren't married than make sure you are having regular girl's nights. It doesn't have to be expensive, just something that connects you with your loved ones. We went to the new restaurant Perch this week and we seriously left there feeling like cool, carefree twenty somethings and that's definitely NOT us. If you haven't been there, I highly encourage you to check it out( www.perchrva.com/) and you MUST get the bread pudding cake. Everything was amazing from start to finish and the space itself was so serene. Date nights allow us to step out of our crazy, hectic days and just be for an evening.
Let go of the FOMO
Fear of missing out is a real thing and I think that social media only makes it worse. Trust me, I know. There are SO many holiday activities that there is absolutely no way that you can do it all and you have to accept it. Pick just a few of your absolute favorites and ones that you will actually enjoy, not just activities that will produce cute pictures. If you fill up your schedule with events every day, you and your kids are going to end up tired and you will lose the chance to truly enjoy anything.
This time of the year is so special and we only have so many Christmases with our loved ones - I want to be truly present and happy for all of them so I know that I have to take care of myself first. Oh, and I think you can and should decorate as early as you want to so don't judge me when you see my IG pictures of my tree up next week.
Welcome! I’m Dannah.
I’m a full-time working mom of two young kids and a fur mom to a Boxer and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. I’m a multi-passionate entrepreneur with my main focus being on creating community for the women of RVA. I can’t wait to meet you at an upcoming event!