Last night was City Girl's annual Christmas concert at church. So, naturally, this weekend was quite busy. There were hours of extra rehearsals, much strain on the vocal cords and other things on my Christmas to-do list. As usual, I can never get all our Christmas shopping done in one attempt and I have been forced to concede that I can no longer do it all the same way I used to. I have had to alter certain habits and practices in order to keep myself well. Here a few of my tips:
1. I rarely shop for holiday gifts in stores, anymore. Although I appreciate the extra walking, most times this is too much for my hips, knees, ankles and feet. I rarely need pain killers, but prolonged walking and standing do it to me every time. I plan ahead, make lists, consult my budget and try to take advantage of sales on opportune shopping days like Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Green Monday (today!). The sales only get better closer to Christmas, but I need time for things to ship. I plan to be finished shopping online this week;
2. I love sending and receiving Christmas cards! I no longer hand write my cards and envelopes. At one time I thought photo cards were just for those with children or for the lazy, but no longer! We watch for sales and order photo cards that highlight our personalities or what we've been doing over the past year. We also order coordinated address labels and I print address labels for our recipients. This may be lazy, but helps keep my hand from turning into The Claw; and
3. When I feel fatigue, vocal cord strain or pain coming on, I rest where I can, drink lots of tea with honey, elevate my feet and chill out with a Hallmark channel holiday movie, latest book club selection or take a nap with Chuck Bass, our cat, even if it is only for 20 minutes.
Truthfully, I could not avoid an ibuprofen and dose of Voltaren after the concert last night. But other than that so far, so good! I hope all your preparations are going well and that these tips have helped you. Feel free to share yours with me.