I'm a firm believer in keeping things as simple as possible. Too many people complicate things and add more to their plates when they should be removing things.
The holiday season is definitely a time of year when it's easy to get overwhelmed with all the running around instead of stepping back and enjoying all that is offered. So, how can we keep things simple?
S - Strive for moderation. We tend to overeat during the holidays, and I get it. There is so much yummy goodness that it’s tough to be disciplined with all that rich, delicious food nearby. When we strive for moderation, we can curb the desire to eat everything in sight.
I - Indulge but don’t go overboard. Instead of having two or three desserts, have one piece of your absolute favorite. Instead of going through the buffet line twice, go through once.
M - Mindful. As in be mindful of the food you’re putting in your mouth. Rather than inhaling your meal, take time to enjoy it. Slow down, it’s not a race to see who can eat the most or the fastest. Be mindful as you enjoy meals with loved ones. Listen thoughtfully and respond in kind.
P - Play. Get outside and play. Run around with your kids, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, etc. Build a snowman (when we get snow), throw the football around, play tag, etc. Be a kid again. You won’t regret it.
L - Love the time you’re spending with your loved ones. Instead of running around looking for the perfect gift, write a note to family members letting them know how much you love them and how important they are to you. A gift like that is priceless.
E - Enjoy the small moments, because those small moments are actually the big ones in disguise. Take an afternoon to listen to holiday music while wrapping gifts. Eat popcorn while decorating the house. Laugh and enjoy the company of loved ones. Rest, relax, and take an easygoing mindset.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.