I felt it in the air tonight. You know that feeling? That the holidays are coming soon. The feeling was somewhere between excitement and dread. I can call it that" not again", but I can't wait feeling!
I'm not sure if this feeling is so strong this year because I'm older (mind you I did not say old, just older), and overwhelmed with life's little delights like re-doing a home, while monitoring a Chihuahua whose life depends on chicken and marking or visa versa, running a business, while still being a "good wife" (shopping and cooking still etc...) or because, well HOLIDAY SEASON is APPROACHING.
It is 8 more days to Halloween, October 31st, 2013, then 35 days to Thanksgiving, November 28, 2013 and 62 days to Christmas. YIKES!!!!! Wasn't it just summer? I thought it was STILL SUMMER. WAHHHHH! Okay so the seasonal cycle is on! So how do we adjust to sweaters, thick pants, scarves, jackets, coats, mittens, gloves, muffs and shoes, instead of tanks, shorts, flip flops and bathing suits? Well, we just do or we'll freeze our ass off, or catch a cold. It is not rocket science there is an adjustment from Summer to Fall, Fall to Winter, Winter to Spring and can't wait......Spring to Summer.
If you have been yawning more often, feeling more tired and fatigued, wishing the sun were out for just a few more hours, thinking about sweets more, starting to come of the whirlwind summer party festivities into wanting to curl up at 9:00 with tea, join the Seasonal Transition club.
Seasonal Transitions can really knock people off balance with symptoms ranging from sleep disturbance, over-eating, irritability, anxiety, confusion and a slowed down tired feeling. The animal kingdom feels the pull to. You may notice similar symptoms in your pets. But the mere fact is that your symptoms and fatigue do not stop the holidays. The holidays are coming, like the dan, dan, dan, dan of the shark in Jaws, like the train that passes through your neighborhoods bringing more and more toys and crap to your favorite stores, and like the rain, snow and sleet you're going to experience around the corner. THERE IS NO STOPPING THEM HOLIDAYS. But you can bring them in with a Bang or a Boom. I prefer a Bang!
The secret for having a successful Seasonal Transition and A wonderful, happy and healthy holiday season is putting a P in Hel and that means getting some help. Help means people who will bring pot luck, people willing to watch your kids while you shop, swapping white elephant gifts with friends instead of having to shop for them too, trading what you do for what someone else does to stop maxing out the cards. Help is related to taking altime for you to help yourself, do your own nails, color your own hair, take a bubble bath and breathe. Remember NEEDS are ONLY necessities such as AIR, WATER, FOOD, SHELTER, SLEEP AND ELIMINATION and yes LIFE SAVING MEDICATIONS AND TREATMENTS. Everything else
is a want or a don't want. So do yourself a favor and don't need anything this Holiday Season except for some HELP so you can breathe better, sleep, eat and drink better, tend to your home and yes take care of yourself everyday in your own special way.
Also last but not least, it is a GREAT idea to have a staycation, instead of fighting traffic, flights and weather. Staycations are when you stay home, but you act like your on vacation. That means you sight see and act like a tourist in your own town, city or state. Or it can mean visiting friends and family and hanging out in their town, city or state! Not to much hassle, hub-bub or hustle, just some good NEEDED rest!
Marla is known as the Declutter Your Strategy™ expert. Marla earned her BA in Psychology and a Master's in Social Work and is the founder of