The holidays are now fully upon us, and – can you feel it? That constriction in your chest when you think about the massive to-do list you have to accomplish over the next few weeks, from the events to the cooking, the baking, the gifts and the decorating. There is a way to survive. Here are some tips!
How to Stay Afloat
- Delegate, delegate, delegate. Whether it’s at work to a coworker, in your home to a child or partner to help more with chores or errands, or with event planning or buying gifts, you don’t have to do it all, nor should you.
- Stick to your routine. When everything is disrupted with extra responsibilities, it makes you feel more out of control. Identify regular parts of your daily routine and strive to keep those unchanged.
- Carefully examine events, especially because you know many are coming. Pick one or two as top priorities – say no to the rest or limit your attendance to an hour or less.
- Be mindful. This means that you stay focused on what you are doing, when you are doing it. If you are with family, focus on them. If you are at work, focus on work. Carve out time to hit your to-do list rather than trying to juggle it all day long.
- Protect unscheduled time. This one is probably the easiest to ignore. We have tendencies to view open spots on our schedule as holes to fill; however, it’s often down time that we can use to either catch up on things or take a much-needed break.
- Preparing more or larger meals than usual can be draining. Try to be extra-organized – plan out lists of every dish and each dish’s ingredients, including a timeline of how you’ll prepare them. Or go with a potluck!
- Tone down the decorations. Even simple decorations make a statement and save you time. Also, consider using food as decorations – a bowl of limes and deep red apples can be just as appealing as those hand-crafted, hours-long crafts with the hot glue gun and hand-stitching.
- Stop complaining. Even though you feel the need to vent, the more you complain about how crazy and busy your life is…the more crazy and busy it will feel. Stick to joyful, positive comments, and you’ll realize you probably feel better about what you have to accomplish.
We’ll be trying many of these tips in our office and at home this holiday season. For more ideas on how to de-stress your life, give us a call at 717-840-9885 or click on the button below to make an appointment.
Dr. Julie Drolet
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