This is a tough time of the year to pursue a simpler lifestyle. We are inundated at every turn with commercialism and its subtle guilt tripping (if we don’t buy Grammie the most expensive widget we don’t love her). Whether you celebrate Christmas as I do, or Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, or something else, don’t fall into this trap. Simplify instead with these “don’t” tips.
Don’t over-extend your commitments. Instead spend some time considering what you are reasonably capable of doing, establish some self-imposed limits, and honor them.
Don’t give in to overeating. Instead practice portion control, treat yourself to a few goodies instead of a whole platter, and don’t forget to exercise, even if it’s just going for a daily walk.
Don’t put on a brave face for others. If you have a hard time finding joy during the holidays, embrace what you are feeling but don’t dwell on your hard emotions to the point where they disable you. Instead seek out like-minded people at Blue Christmas services or support groups.
Don’t overspend. Create a list and a budget and stay within it. Those who love you will appreciate being remembered by you, regardless of how much you spend on them.
And finally, don’t forget to be good to yourself in all things and at all times.