It can get really frustrating and stressful about now, if you don’t have a plan. So, follow these tips to ensure optimal relaxation and less stress.
Tip #1: Make your list and check it twice! Can you imagine getting to the store and NOT having your list? Then, to top it off, you forgot about a specific relative of friend. Keep a master list with you at all times, so that when you’re out and about, you can refer to it if you happen to run into that particular item you knew you had to get for that special someone. For those of us who are more techno-saavy, use your cell phone. Place your list in your “Notes” section or simply put it in your “Calendar” or list of “Reminders.”
Tip #2: Shop online. If you haven’t already completed all of your Christmas shopping, it’s OK. There are many sites you can visit to place your orders and get it delivered by Saturday, December 23rd – just choose expedited or 2-day shipping. Sure, you’ll pay a little more, but sometimes it beats the rush of having to leave your home, drive to a store, look for parking, try to find your item, stand on a long line to check out, and then drive all the way back home. This can take more than 2 hours if you’re not careful. Meanwhile, you would have already had that item in transit if purchased online.
Tip #3: Get some sleep. It can be easy, especially around this week, to rush and try to get or even make something for the office holiday party. Or, maybe you have to prepare something for your kids at school for their party. To combat the stress and stay refreshed, try to get at least 8 hours of sleep. Also, try some deep breathing as this brings more oxygen to your brain and helps relieve tension. This will give you more energy, so that you feel less strained and more energized.
Tip #4: Get pampered! Because this time of year may bring up your stress levels, you’ll need to unwind by scheduling a massage or a facial. Take the time to put in some “ME” time. You can always overlook yourself when you’re in the “giving mode.” When your energy levels are up, you feel more invigorating…and this will give you a more positive attitude!
Tip #5: Try a Pot-Luck Style Dinner. Are you hosting? Great…so am I! Just make sure you have enough time to get it all done. And, the best way to do that is to have your relatives and friends bring over a dish. Not only will this help give you more time to get the necessary things accomplished, but it will also give you more time for that much needed sleep I mentioned earlier.
So, don’t burn yourself out. This is not the time to be overworked, discouraged or disappointed. You’re too blessed to be stressed! Remember to breathe and take time to enjoy the season.