I must admit, Christmas is not my favorite of holidays. There I said it.
I am more of a Thanksgiving and Fourth of July kind of lady. The biggest reason why is because there is so much comfort, joy, and excitement buzzing around and then come January 2nd – or whatever work/school day follows – the magic in the air fizzles and vanishes, never to return until next year. So many of us forget that comfort and joy should be with us all year! Why reserve it for 25 days out of the year? It got me thinking what brings me comfort and what brings me joy throughout the year.
Below are just 3 of my seasonal comforts throughout the year. What are yours?
- Homemade soups
- Leggings and sweaters as lounge wear
- Dinners and Gatherings with family & friends
- Opening the windows in the house for fresh, spring air
- The end of daylight savings time – Spring forward!
- The start of baseball season
- Ceiling fans
- The option for my hair to air dry
- Backyard firepits
- Root vegetables
- The scents of cinnamon, cloves, pumpkin….
I think this is one of the most popular internet searches on Sunday night. I obviously have no point of reference for this statistic, so I’m just going to assume it is true. I can say for myself, I’ve entered it into the search quite a few times.
The responses are your typical cliche go-tos: Take a warm bath filled with your favorite essential oils, light candles and read a funny ir romantic book. Make and eat warm soup or make a cup of hot tea. Give yourself a facial or manicure.
Honestly, those are suggestions most people don’t have the patience to do or the uninterrupted time (queue husbands looking for something in the fridge, dog or child crying outside the bathroom door while spa music swells in the background). The truth is most of the time I search the Sunday Blues Cures, I do not think a single one of them does a damn thing. It’s not realistic. Last night I was tossing and turning thinking, “what can the rest of us do to beat the blues?” Here are some ideas:
- Write 3 things you have to look forward to this week: Dinner with a friend, a workout class, a favorite meal you plan to make, walking your dog in a park, playing with your son or daughter and give them a new toy or game. It could even be as simple as a new episode of your favorite show or something your ordered is set to arrive.
- Nothing on your list? Plan something to look forward to: Maybe going to bed an hour earlier than usual or start a new book.
- Engage in some alone time with your guilty pleasure: I have a weird fascination with you tube videos on decluttering and cleaning routines. I have no idea why, but no shame! Think of that one thing you love that could be weird to others and take the time to do it — and guilt free.
For me, it is about not allowing WORK to be the ONLY focus for the week. We do have other hours in our work days so make the most of it!