I hope yesterday’s post wasn’t too debbie downer. I typically feel extremely guilty when I can’t/don’t feel as joyous as it seems everyone else is around me. My hope is by putting it out there it helps me and others accept it and work with it rather than fighting it.
I figure my action plan for not succumbing to holiday depression is going to be ever-changing. It dawned on me there is no way I am going to be able to know how I will feel 5, 10 or 15 days from now. Typically, I like to face things as they come BUT I thought I would give having an outline a shot. Kind of like running, you know?
1. I organized a cookie exchange at work. So far there are 12 or 13 of my co-workers participating! I’m looking forward to getting some new recipes and doing a bit of baking.
2. I’m avoiding the holiday weight gain freak out – well to the best of my ability. In a completely unscientific science experiment, I weighed myself the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Then I weighed myself on Sunday. Guess what? I didn’t gain an ounce. I definitely fall into the hype of “don’t gain weight during the holidays” and start to panic followed quickly by guilt and then their bestie self-loathing shows up. Sounds super healthy, right? How am I going to do this? Stick with my training for Dopey, keep eating normally, putting the scale away again and giving swimming and Jillian Michaels a shot. Oh and I am going to try not to eat all of my feelings! I also refuse to let holiday goodies have power over me – if I want a cookie, then I will eat a cookie.
3. Christmas isn’t the end all be all. I hope this doesn’t sound harsh but I have the Dopey Challenge to look forward to in Jan! Last year it was also a trip to WDW and the year before it was a trip to New York. I think having something planned for January is a good thing for me.
4. Heading back to WA to visit the fam. Can’t wait! Slumber parties, coffee, lots of laughs – it will be a grand ol’ time!
5. Purging more stuff and moving other items to storage. My apt is too chaotic.
6. I’m making a few fun Christmas presents this year. I’m excited for them – pictures right after Christmas!
7. Keep in mind a bad day doesn’t mean a bad life.
8. I’m not going to set myself up for failure. This means no plans to make cookies for everyone I work with and their extended family, or collect all the supplies to decorate my apt with homemade pinterest-y things or say I’m going to do the runstreak when I know I won’t be able to stick to it. Looking at all of the supplies for cookies or decorations or tweets about the runstreak just reinforces how I didn’t get it done. Basically, I don’t want to make promises to myself I don’t intend to keep.
9. Watch a ridiculous amount of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Love Actually, Easy A, Pitch Perfect – whatever movies make me laugh and I really enjoy.
10. Ummm… hmmm… what else? Basically, I’m going to take it easy and simplify my holiday. A good chunk of shopping is already finished, I’ve been careful about committing myself to extra activities and I’ve carved out time for myself.
Overall, I like this action plan. I want to add other fun items but don’t want to make an all out “bucket list”. These fun things will include going to the Hobbit when I get home with my family, celebrating my friend’s birthday this weekend, meeting my friend’s new baby and who knows what else. Whatever it is, I am determined to put things in perspective that may be challenging and enjoy what the season brings.