Just for an overview, here are a few things to remember:
For our own sanities, I think we all need to focus on handling the stress that hits at different times of the year. During this time, it is the "busyness" of the Holidays. In Great Britain the word "holiday" has the same meaning as vacation. Many Americans would find this comparison laughable. For most of us, the holidays come with our own "to-do" lists.
So, I'm coming up with my own "To-Do List".
* Remember everything doesn't have to be perfect. There really are no
Norman Rockwell picture perfect dinners, gifts, or celebrations. They are all just our own and are whatever they are.
* The tree doesn't have to be perfect. I don't know about you, but there are no photographers lined up at my door to take photographs of my home and tree! I enjoy decorating and playing with the Holiday decorations around my home, but have to keep it fun!
*Just say "no". You don't have to accept every single invitation that comes your way. Pick what will be fun, what will bring you joy. I know you have to go to that business dinner thing, but you know what I mean! Don't drive yourself crazy feeling like you have to go out every night and eat, drink and be merry, if you'd rather stay in by the fire and get a good nights sleep! Which brings me to . . .
*Make time for some rest. Get enough sleep. That is a no-brainer and should be non-negotiable when at all possible. It's huge for fighting off bugs when your immune system is being tested.
*Make time to move. That's right. Exercise. If you only have 10 minutes, that's better than none. It is so good for your body to move, sweat and get your heart pumping. Don't let your routine fall completely by the wayside. Stay active.
* You don't have to do everything yourself. Don't be afraid to ask for help, have someone else prepare a dessert, appetizer or something if you are hosting.
*Watch the alcohol. It will only make you feel bad the next day, unable to do the things you want to do, and then just add more stress to your day!
* Do what makes you feel relaxed. You might have to make time for this, but that's okay. Whether it's quiet time, a walk, a bath, who knows? It's your time, enjoy when you can!
There are lots more things you can do to alleviate stress. Stress is a personal thing and we all have our own triggers. It's important to find yours, and see what you can do to head it off before it gets to be a huge one!
Have a good Monday!