Post Holiday Depression. I get it. A mild case but it's still there. After 5 days of being home, I teared up this morning saying goodbye to Tristan. And he cried when I dropped him off at school. Neither of us wanted to let go. My caffeinated Christmas Blend intravenous has been depleted & it's time to get back to reality. Well, a different kind of reality.
My Dad says to revel in the celebration I shared with my family & what a truly wonderful Christmas we had. So today I post what may be a silly pic but this captures an hour I spent on Christmas morning, preparing for dinner for 11, specifically breading zucchini, when I was extremely happy & feeling blessed by everything around me. I need this right now as I am sitting here at my desk back.at.work.
I don't want to forget how I felt when I took this pic. Instead of my usual - rushing through the process while standing on already tired legs - I sat myself in a chair & SLOWED DOWN. I reveled in the reason I was doing it in the first place & I thought about all my blessings, big & small. I turned on the Christmas music, shouted out to Tristan how much I loved him & enjoyed a mimosa. I also thanked myself for the things I did differently this year in my planning which helped alleviate a lot of stress. See tips below.
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TIPS FOR LESS STRESS WHEN ENTERTAINING
- Clear off anything on your kitchen counters you will not need i.e. toaster, bread basket, cannisters. Even the coffee pot since you can bring it back later for dessert time. Use one cleared space for the bar area. Another cleared space will be your general prepping & cleanup area.
- Make a promise with your spouse to only be helpful with one another, especially during the high peak prepping moments. If either asks the other for help, there should be only 1 of 2 answers i.e. "Give me 5 minutes honey & I am all yours" or "Sure thing." The thing not to say is "Okaaaaaayyyyy, after I finish ALL the other things you asked me to do."
- For any prep work that takes more than 15 minutes, line up everything you need on the counter & then SIT down to do it. Your legs & feet will be happier for it & so will you!
- Take 20 minutes for yourself to re-group & create a timeline for all of your prepping i.e. pre-heat oven times as well as durations. This way, you don't have recipe books or papers lying around.
- Budget an hour into your timeline for yourself, to shower & dress without rushing.
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