We just had a very busy weekend, and I am smoked tired. When I get tired, for some crazy reason, I get stressed. I get the overwhelming sense that I am not going to get everything I have to accomplish done. I also get crabby and then I am not the nicest person to be around. It’s an awful domino effect. The thing that kills me is that gift-wise and decoration-wise: I AM DONE! I made an extra effort this year to get that stuff done before December so I could enjoy this time with the family. So why I am letting the ugly stress monster bother me? I guess if I knew the answer to that question, I could rule the world, right? Since I can’t answer that question, I need to find tactics to squash the stress monster, even if it is just momentarily.
When stress starts to creep up, I first try to take a step back and breathe. Secondly, I go look at my calendar and my to-do list to assure myself that I didn’t over-schedule the following week and/or weekend. Then, if I need to, I rearrange things on the calendar or take things off the to-do list. Once that is settled, I make sure to make time to go to a yoga class in the immediate future ( I will be going to a restorative yoga class Monday morning). Finally, if all that fails, I take 30 minutes to myself to do something absolutely mindless. For me that usually involves watching a DVRed episode of a Real Housewives franchise or another Bravo reality show. I do try to stay away from HGTV shows, because then the “great idea fairy” creeps in, and I’m sure you all know how that goes!
I found these helpful articles that have some good ideas on how to beat the holiday stress.
What are ways that you try to beat the holiday stress monster?
I wish you all a calm first week of December. When is doubt…just breathe! xoxo