Less than two weeks until Christmas and I feel somewhat like a broken record. “No, we are not going to do X, Y or Z until after Christmas.” “Talk to me about that in mid-January.” Life seems to ramp up in speed significantly during the “ber” months (starts in SeptemBER and continues through DecemBER). I start looking for more and more ways to cut out optional activities just to stay sane.
But my kids do not experience life the same. Mr. K still wants to play basketball and hang with friends just as much as ever and Miss S wants to shop and craft and be with friends any time there is quiet. Sometimes I feel like quite the “stick in the mud”. But I am OK with that (somewhat) because I have tried the other option, of pushing myself beyond the comfortable point and then regretting it. Regret comes in the form of being grouchy and biting at the ones I love, becoming so tired that I can’t think rationally, and / or deciding that dinners really don’t need to be made; that we can just live off the treats that are hanging around the house. Sugar for dinner doesn’t work very long or else we are all grouchy at each other.
I find when I am stressed, I want to announce, “If everyone will just do what I ask, then we will be all OK.” Makes perfect sense to me. But others still seem to have opinions about what and how things should be done. So the importance of “me” time is essential this time of year. What helps me to feel in balance? Reading my scriptures each morning, having some recreational reading time during the day or at least as I am going to sleep, exercise helps everything go better (but to be honest I haven’t exercised beyond what I get when I go shopping for at least 2 weeks), and eating healthy food. Journaling is also very therapeutic for me.
I wish there was a way that a quick survey could be done — do other people feel anxious after eating sugar? I don’t think I did until the past few years. My kids don’t seem to be effected by it too much. Mr. K eats carbs, carbs, and more carbs. I hope he doesn’t develop the post-sugar anxiety or he will be in really bad shape! But back to the survey — how many people can really say that they feel great when they eat junk? I know that I ate a lot of junk in college because it was cheap. But I wonder how much better I would have felt if I had eaten veggies and fruit every day?
Studies repeatedly talk about the addictive properties of sugar. Man do I wish that people brought me veggie platters around the holidays! I love veggies but when life is hectic, looking around to see what is easy is usually what ends up being consumed.
My wish for all of us is that we can have peace, love, and harmony each day. Take time to take care of yourself so that you can take care of others. Be wise with how you spend your time. And make sure you take time to laugh. I love this song. It always brings big smiles to me. I can be found singing the refrain to my kids at times … because I’m the mom, the mom, the mom, the mom, the mom, the mom!!!!!!!!! I think they usually get the message that the answer to any “why” question at that point will be, “because I said so.”
And most of all, I hope we remember the reason that we can have peace, love, and harmony each day is because of Jesus Christ. He came so that we can live again. There will be challenges in life — real challenges — but peace can be found in the midst of any challenge. He offers these beautiful words: