10 From GEM:
De-Stressing During the Holidays
Here come the holidays. Here come the people, the school and church pageants, the parties, the gift buying and giving, the shopping, the visiting, the cooking and cleaning and shopping for food and the houseguests. They’re on their merry way. All headed to your house. Phone messages, e-mails, requests, invitations, errands galore and it’s all in your basket. You feel as if you’re being pulled in every direction, managing all this while trying to keep yourself content and happy.
While most of us have to fulfill these holiday tasks, there is a sane way to approach this with a little pre-planning and organization. The most important aspect of all this holiday excitement, is to realize that you don’t have to do everything on your projected ‘to-do’ list. Remember that if you do your best, that is what matters, and it doesn’t mean trying to be perfect and pleasing everyone. It won’t take much to wear your patience away if you’ve got too great a task. With an excess of duties and tasks, your stress levels will rise, leaving you feeling as if the weight of the world is on your shoulders, and for what? For people who might find fault with a little detail, not realizing how much effort you’ve put into all the planning and organizing? You don’t need to feel this way. You don’t need to be so stressed out that you put yourself in a space where you can’t enjoy the holidays. Instead, you can control every aspect of your planning and take charge, be in control and decide what is important and keep it on your list, while removing the excessive and the unimportant tasks that don’t have great significance.
It’s all about what you’re comfortable dealing with, it’s all about what you’re comfortable doing. You are in control, you are in charge. Listen to your instinct about what to do and what not to do. Your instinct is your best guide. In the end, it’s simply about having a good time, it’s about making new memories and enjoying the season. So keep it simple and keep it real.
Happy, happy holidays to you and yours.
1. Shorten Your To Do List
Step back, analyze your situation and remove all the unnecessary tasks. The more people you try to please the more stressed out you'll end up being. You don't have to do everything on your list, because you don't really have to report to anyone. Don't let the meaning of what the holidays are about escape you and instead, try to focus on what the holidays should mean.