This past Wednesday, my fiance and I began our holiday travels starting at his parents’ house. I’m naturally introverted and would rather stay home than go out. Visiting family is normally fine for this, but during the holidays things get a little crazy. Couple that with not sleeping in my normal bed, staying up late talking, and waking up early for family breakfasts, and I’m suddenly exhausted.
So today is Fake Christmas. I was woken up far too early for my preference so we could open presents together. It was delightful. But as I’m sitting on the couch, checking my email, I realize I’m falling asleep.
Now here’s a choice. Do I spend more time with my future in-laws because I truly enjoy their company or do I excuse myself and take some time to recuperate?
Thankfully, I chose the latter. I took a 45-minute nap. And you know what? When I woke up, I felt so much better. And I didn’t miss out on anything important. And now I’m ready to sit down for a nice Christmas dinner with the family and actually enjoy myself.
So this is a really great lesson I’ve learned that I hope you can benefit from too. When you’re getting worn out, you need to take the time for self-care. It never takes as long as you think and the benefit is astounding. In fact, if you just slip away quietly for a few minutes, during the holidays your family might not even notice you were missing. *wink*