So we are just about to the half way mark and I really want to know: Have you been keeping it simple and are you having any fun?
I have to talk to my Anxiety daily about scaling back and keeping focused on what’s really important this holiday season and the conversations are paying off.
Last evening we got caught in a clusterfuck of traffic heading to the Kris Kringle parade and before Anxiety could convince me to stay stuck, I chose to accept the situation and even embrace it! My daughter and I jumped out of the car (leaving my husband/chauffer to deal with the traffic) and got to the corner just as the first band was marching by. I even got a bonus for my effort as I stood behind a police car that was emitting a nice warm exhaust to warm my cold legs 😊
Even before we left for the parade I had a moment where things were getting complicated and I chose to KISS it! Friday evening traffic sucks on a regular Friday, but add another detour (we already have one and the second one was added when a trash truck tangled with the structural integrity of a bridge on the best alternative route we had 😳).
Our original plan included eating dinner in town. When I thought about KISSing dinner out good-bye my Anxiety jumped in with how disappointed my family might be. I KISSed them anyway and we ate leftovers AND the bonus was that my daughter actually thought it was “cool” that we were leaving out house after dinner to go on an adventure! It’s all about the perspective 😊
Today I joined my daughter outside to walk in the winter wonderland and even built a miniature version of Frosty. I could have made excuses using all of the things on my “To Do” list AND I chose to have fun instead. How are your conversations with Anxiety going?
In the spirt of keeping it simple, focusing on self-care, acceptance, lowering expectations, and filling the holidays with humor, I’m am going to keep it short and sweet today:
Go play in the snow, put on some Christmas music (or whatever music floats your boat), watch a parade (or participate in one!), watch silly movies on the Hallmark Channel, sit in front of the fire drinking your favorite warm beverage, discover a new holiday tradition, or participate in any number of holiday “opportunities” that bring you JOY and put you in a position to answer the question of “Are we having fun yet?” with a resounding “Hell Yes!" 😍😘
The voice behind Auntie Anxiety is Lynn Dutrow, Courage Coach and Counselor