Putting the ‘NO’ in November

As the holidays approach, it’s very easy for us to say “yes” to everything but ourselves. This is especially true as Thanksgiving is about gratitude and one of the many messages about Christmas is to give rather than receive. While I agree with both of those sentiments, I also feel it’s important to take time for yourself.

Thanksgiving and Christmas are my favorite holidays. It means time with my family, eating, seeing old friends I don’t get to see on a regular basis, relaxation, eating, gift-giving, cookie-baking, and did I mention eating? It truly is the “most wonderful time of the year” for me.

But as we know, it’s not all fun and games. For example, from Thanksgiving to Christmas, the following things are already on my calendar: two graduations, my office holiday party, and a holiday brunch hosted by good friends of mine. (And that’s just December!) What you don’t see on there yet, but will inevitably happen between both holidays are Christmas shopping, the birth of a new niece, multiple coffee or dinner dates with my friends while we’re home for the holidays, gift-wrapping, etc. The list goes on.

I’m already starting to feel the anxiety build!

December is without a doubt the month that I push my needs to the back burner more than any other month in the year. There’s just SO MUCH to be done. But when I do, I find myself irritable, exhausted, and frankly, a few pounds heavier because I never get to the gym.

So for the month of November, I’m challenging myself (and you) to say “NO” to something you’d normally say “yes” to. Maybe it’s the annual Thanksgiving lunch at work that you’ve typically spent 2 hours of your life making something from scratch. Make it easy on yourself and just pick up something pre-made. Or maybe it’s passing on the neighborhood cookie bake. Save yourself the time and the calories. No one will judge you and if they do, that’s their problem, not yours.

The point of this challenge is to say “yes” to yourself. You don’t have to do it all and be everything to everyone. Cut yourself some slack and say “NO” at least once this month.

Happy NOvember!

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