I am a working mom and every year feel completely overwhelmed by the holidays. At my office, the workload gets busier because we’re trying to finish up projects before the holiday break. At home, I have two small children and a partner and am trying to decorate, buy gifts, prepare the house for friends and family dinners, etc. I feel like there’s just not enough time in the day to handle it all – please help!
–Crazy in Centereach
Dear Crazy in Centereach,
First of all, Happy Holidays! Secondly, take a deep breath; everything is going to be OK! The key to a happy holiday season is to set reasonable expectations for yourself and for those around you. Prioritize. Make a list of what really matters most and let go of the things that don’t make it to the top half of the list. The key to life is not doing it all, but doing your best and enjoying as much as you can. Your family and friends will understand if you cut corners. You might even become a role model for those who are struggling to balance things themselves. When you feel the most stressed, count your blessings. You have a job, a partner, children, friends and family. It doesn’t get much better than that!