Three Helpful Hints to Deal with Stress During The Holidays

wreath-uid.jpgThe Holiday weekend is quickly approaching, and I’m as busy as anyone else getting ready for Christmas.  Sometimes though, I find myself going too fast; racing around with so many thoughts going through my head that’s it’s impossible to keep track of all the things I need to do. 

If that happens to you, use these three tricks to help get back on track.

Plan Ahead:  Even if you’re behind, it doesn’t do any good to run around in circles!  When you start doing too many things at once and find yourself going crazy, just sit down for a moment with paper and pen and write down all the things that need to be done.  Then, decide what order you are going to do them. 

Then, take one more look at the list and make another decision –take those things that really don’t matter off the list.  There is only so much time in a day, and it should be planned wisely.  This will keep you on track – even if only for a moment.

Keep this list handy and when things start getting into your head again; write them down.  Getting them onto paper will help you remember to do them, and it will also save your mind from trying to remember them.

Say No:  The older I get, the more I find myself doing the same things I do every year.  And, even though I keep adding things to the list from past years, I find it hard to stop doing the things that have become a tradition.  Get better at saying NO!  There is really no need to carry EVERY tradition along every year. 

An alternative to saying no, is to try to combine a few things.  Instead of going out with each friend individually, have a little get-together your house for all your friends.  That will get everyone in the Holiday spirit! 

This would also be a good time to mention that since everyone is enjoying the moment, it’s not necessary to get a bunch of gifts.  As much as I enjoy getting gifts, the stress of shopping for others is just too much sometimes.  Value time with friends instead of material items for once, and see if it doesn’t make a big difference in your stress level.

Lastly:  Have Fun!  The holidays should be a time for relaxing with family and laughing a little!  Even as you’re getting ready, put on some Christmas songs and sing along as you work.  It makes those chores seem much lighter, and sometimes they get done before I’m done singing! 

Happy Holidays! – Fa La La La Laaaaaaa!