Director's Message: 10 ways to have the best holidays ever

Kristine Hodsdon, the director of RDH eVillage, outlines 10 ways for dental hygienists to get the most out of their holidays.

The holiday season is upon us, and the season brings the hope that this one will be truly magical. However, many dental hygienists quickly get bogged down in busyness, stress, and old patterns. Here, are 10 ways to turn that dynamic around and create the magic.

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1. Give yourself a break. Perfection — even perfect happiness — just isn’t possible. Let your best be good enough. Make a budget for both your time and your money — andstick to it. It truly is the thought that counts.

2. Make conscious decisions. Get clear about what you genuinely want to do over the holidays before cooperating with others. If you don’t have a clear plan and clear intentions, you might find yourself getting swept along by other people’s desires. Even if you compromise later, get clear first.

3. Shorten your to-do list. What do the holidays mean to you? For many, it’s about family, friends, and spirituality. If an item doesn’t add to your holiday spirit, scratch it off.

4. Say no when you want to.It’s terrifically liberating. Try it and see. It sounds easy, but too often obligation trumps desire. When faced with options, choose the one that would make you happier.

5. Limit obligatory activities. If you can’t avoid certain events, limit the time you’re there.

6. Take scrupulous care of yourself. The old standards help keep stress at bay: eat healthfully, exercise, drink lots of water, and breathe deeply. Schedule time for relaxation and fun.

7. Start early. To avoid a last-minute frenzy that can bust your budget, start shopping or making presents now.

8. Ask for help.Reject any notion of martyrdom. The burden of preparations should not fall upon one person. The more specific you are in your request, the more successful you’ll be.

9. Establish new traditions.If you have experienced a significant life-changing event, such as a death or divorce, consider doing something you've never done before over the holidays.

10. Get support.If a glorious holiday season feels utterly out of reach, you may experience the holiday blues. Many people do. Don’t beat yourself up for feeling that way. Reach out for the support you need.

Joy and Blessings,
Kristine A. Hodsdon
Director, RDH eVillage

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