Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmas Slay

It's that crazy time of year. The frazzle-dazzle of shopping. Parties galore. Cards to address. Presents to wrap and lights to hang and whew! I'm stressing myself out just by typing a few of the things on my to-do list. How in the world are you supposed to find time to breathe let alone carve out time to write? Here's a thought . . .

Slay the Christmas madness.

But how exactly does one do that? As usual, I've got a few ideas.

5 Ways to Slay Christmas Stress

Change Your Perspective
Sometimes all that needs to be slain is your mindset. This season take a good, hard look at all that you're doing and then question everything. You could be stressing yourself out because of expectations and values that aren't really yours. Examine what your core beliefs are and live those out, not some goofy-butt Hallmark Christmas movie ideals.

Let Go
Who says you need to do it all? Unless you're Martha Stewart, you don't have to. Choose 1 item to cut from your must-get-done-before-Christmas list and just say no. I'm not talking simply crossing it off your list. I'm saying cut it out and throw it away for good. Maybe you'll decide not to do cards anymore or give up baking 6 different kinds of cookies. Whatever. The point is to stop doing 1 activity.

Plan Ahead
Obviously you're not going to cut everything from your holiday season. Decide on what you'll keep (remember, you're being proactive by choosing what you will keep and what you won't) then whip out your calendar and plan those things into your schedule. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Putting things off until the last minute causes undue anxiety.

Shop Online
Books make great gifts and are just a click away. So is just about everything you can imagine. You'll avoid the crowds and save time driving to and from the store. Yeah, you might end up paying for shipping but in the long run if it saves you time, it's totally worth it.

Say No
This one is the hardest of all because you want to have fun as much as the next guy, right? Or your heart is big and you want to help everyone who has a need. Or you just plain old don't want others to think badly of you. Well, Bucko, in order to lessen your stress you just might need to let someone else stress out in your place by saying no. And if you do, guess what? You'll find that your "yes's" have a whole new meaning.

Life is short. Live intentionally, whether it's Christmas or not.

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chappydebbie said...

Great idea...personally, I've decided not to send out Christmas cards anymore. It is too expensive and I always feel like I forgot someone...totally not worth the stress. Last year, I only sent out cards to people who sent me one. But, from now on I'm not even doing that...does that make me a bad person?
Have a Merry Christmas, Michelle!

Michelle Griep said...

That's exactly what I was thinking of cutting, Chappy!

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