Well, That Time Of Year is upon us again.
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!
To this all, I say: No, thank you.
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?