No Thank You = Holiday Sanity

Well, That Time Of Year is upon us again.

Holidays. 

Which is great, of course, but like I said this time last year, we often fall into the comparison trap more now, and that can be hard on our mental health.

If you then compound it with being over-scheduled, eating richer food than you are used to, drinking more alcohol than you usually would, and probably getting less exercise, it's a potent mix.

Especially when you add the pressure-cooker environment that large family gatherings sometimes seem to generate! 

Aaaargh! 

To this all, I say: No, thank you.

No, thank you. I'll just be hanging out under my quilt instead...

No, thank you. I'll just be hanging out under my quilt instead...

When I was young, I had a really hard time saying no to things. I frequently ended up overtired, peopled out, and ragged of nerves. I had to teach myself to say no, and the way I did it was this:

Can you donate to this?

No thank you. (Without feeling I need to explain about all the charities I already support)

Can you take care of x for me?

No thank you. I've never seen a straight no cut things off the way a no thank you does. It's gold! 

We are having this party....

No thank you.

I love it so much.


What are your strategies for staying sane in the holidays?