Managing Holiday Stress

We are officially one week away from Thanksgiving! It totally snuck up on me this year. I’m not sure how it happened but it did.

This year, we are spending Thanksgiving with my family in New England. I’ll get a chance to catch up with nieces and nephews and see how they’ve grown in the last few months. We typically exchange gifts at Thanksgiving if we won’t see everyone at Christmas and for some reason I thought I still had time to buy them all gifts. That was the rude awakening I had this morning…

I woke up completely overwhelmed and since I’m likely to be that way for the next few weeks, here are some strategies I use for crunch times.

Take a deep breath

It’s so silly and simple sounding but I never think it will help, until I do it…

Make a list

This keeps me from spinning the same tasks around and around in my head. By writing it down, I can stop thinking about it and just focus on getting each task completed.

Ask for help

For some reason, I think only I can do the job but sometimes I just need to let go. It may not be done the way I would do it, but it’s ok. Sometimes, it gets done better when I let go.

Most people are more than happy to help, they just need to be asked.

Take time out

I manage stress through exercise so if I’m not able to go for a run or get to the gym, I feel even more stressed out… It also sets my eating habits on the right track to keep me energized for the rest of the day.

Going for a manicure, reading a book  or taking a long bath also help me put some space between the stress I feel and reality.

So for the next few hours, you’ll find me curled up with some hot chocolate and my laptop getting all of my shopping done.

How do you manage holiday stress?

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