By Sarah Caracciolo
DHAC Assistant Fitness Director
No matter how prepared I am, I always find myself rushing around during the holidays. There is always one more gift to buy, one more dish to prepare, or one more room to clean. I try to practice what I preach and just take it slow and catch my breath once in a while. It’s not always easy. This Christmas proved to be especially more stressful than ones past. Having a 5 month old is certainly a game changer. Since all of my tasks need to revolve around his timeline, I had to adjust my normal holiday routine quite a bit. Unfortunately, I let it get the best of me.
I am not a big New Year’s resolution type of person, but this year I am going back to the basics and slowing down a bit. During the past few weeks, I was consumed with rushing around and letting the stress get to me. I was stopped in my tracks when hearing about the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I was quickly reminded of just how short life is and how important it is to slow down and remember what is most important. The day of the shooting had me wanting to go home and just hold my son in my arms and not care about anything else that needed to be done. I did just that. I was feeding him when something happened that made me put a lot of things into perspective.
Nico was in his high chair enjoying some mushy green peas. He was full of laughter and funny faces. I was soaking in the moment and for once, did not care about the pile of laundry that needed to be folded or the sink full of dishes that needed to be washed. Suddenly, still in his high chair and covered in peas, Nico fell asleep. This 5 month old boy just stopped what he was doing and fell asleep. At first I was confused but then it dawned on me that he had taught me a huge life lesson. Prioritize. When one thing is more important than what you are doing, do it! At that moment, Nico knew that sleep was more important than finishing his peas so he did just that! I was so happy that I ignored my housework and experienced that moment. Had I not chose to ignore my chores I would have missed it all. I know that I won’t ALWAYS be able to do what I want when I want. But in general it was a good lesson.
Priorities differ vastly from person to person. All I ask is that you take a moment to really think about what is most important to you and always make time for it. Smile at the little things once in a while and when stress starts to get the best of you, remember that life is short. Focus on your happiness and rid your moments of stress.
The picture you see with this blog from that very night and that’s what I will use to help me remember to slow down and prioritize. Workout when you need to workout, eat when you need to eat, and of course do as Nico did and just sleep when you need to sleep!
From my family to yours, have a very Happy New Year full of laughter, memories, and stress free days.