Starting from last Saturday until Dec 26, we have something on the calendar every single day. These are all fun things, but it can add to the stress. The cookie swap on Saturday is always a good time with people we see only a couple of times a year. There is craft beer and some carols are sung. I look forward to this event. Except... that I have to come up with a fancy dessert to share (this event is Pinterest on Parade, let me tell ya') and make an extra large batch of deviled eggs. Even though it's fun, it's still a scheduling challenge.
The same is true for every other event we attend. The big dance last night, the carol singing next weekend, the holiday party for my volunteer group. Even heading out of town to visit family for Christmas requires planning. I have no idea when I'm going to have a chance to throw some laundry in the washer; but it's either do that or buy new underwear. And I don't have time for that, either!
I understand that this is a first-world problem and I am so lucky to have so many activities. I get that I am blessed.
But I'm also tired. I'm so tired that I had a dream last night about taking a nap.
Being tired, stressed, and a little run-down (from eating nothing but crap for weeks) is a recipe for a lost quit. It's hard to have willpower when you're draggin your wagon. HALT - Hungry Angry Lonely Tired is a reminder to stop.
Just stop for a second. Practice some breathing, maybe.
A little self-care goes a long way.
I'm glad I wrote this. I needed to remind myself that I have tools and a plan. Success is an option.