Friday, December 7, 2012
Happy Holidays When You're Not Feeling So Happy
So, how do you cope with the holidays? What have you learned over the years to help you spend your energy and attention in ways that don't deplete you and even give you some joy?
My approach is to set expectations as early as possible - with myself, my sweetie, and family and friends. I accept invitations in the hopes that I'll feel up to going. But I offer invitors the caveat that I may have to cancel at the last minute if my body tells me to stay home. I find that most people respond by saying, "Whatever you need is fine. Just tell me how I can help." And if they don't respond that way, I probably don't want to go to their party any way.
What do you do?