If you live in the USA you may still be feeling the, uh, repercussions of the great Thanksgiving Stress-Out.
Family, food, schedules thrown for a loop, routine replaced by mayhem.
No matter where you reside or what you celebrate we’re all thisclose to being knee-deep in holiday frenzy.
Ive shared my tips for Fighting Holiday Frazzle.
They were fantastic tips (according to my mom, anyway), yet they were generalities.
Vague What *I* do to stave off holiday stress musings in hopes they’d spark thoughts/insights for you.
Today we’re about the concrete.
About building a long & creative list of specific actions we can take to make these next 3 weeks as smooth as we can.
A list this misfit Jew can steal, print, hang on my fridge & use as a “go to” when at a loss for ways to lighten my holiday load.
A list to make our Holiday Season 2013 fun, frazzle-free and PRESENT so we can cruise into 2014 as our best & most healthy selves.
I’ll start us off.
Hanukkah ends Thursday night.
Upon that realization, right in that moment, I bestowed upon myself the gift certificate pictured above.
I immediately recognized how *crazy* card creation would make me (I love personalized photocards. I caint mail said-card without heartfelt note inside) if I attempted to make/mail before 12.5.13.
I immediately acknowledged, while some things necessitate holiday hecticness (preparing for company, purchasing gifts on time, decorating before Hanukkah is OVER), this was not one of those things.
I immediately gave myself the gift(certificate) of time.
It’s not an exaggeration to say, after releasing myself from that obligation, I felt as though I could b-r-e-a-t-h-e again.
I felt so *ENERGIZED* by the sweet, sweet gift of freedom I started us a list of stuffs we could gift ourselves these next few weeks.
- Never say YES when your heart & head is screaming NO.
- If you have a vacation from work dont use *all* the time for others dedicate some to self-care.
- (should you be a weigh’er) Bestow upon yourself a break from the scale.
- No! More! MUSTurbation. Do what you can when you can & shed the shoulds & oughts.
- Please to hit us all up with your number five below…