Stress-Free Festive Season
3 Simple Keys To Maximize Your Holiday-Enjoyment
What is most challenging for you in the time leading up to the
year-end festivities? Is it shopping, or social obligations, or preparing large
meals, or maybe just too much to do and so little time to do it? Well, I'm here
to dish out a few bits of advice that may seem a bit odd at first, but please
bear with me.
Any tension you feel is an accumulation of experiences built
up over the past year. The last-minute preparations are the proverbial straw
that broke the camel's back. Understand that all events and experiences, whether
good or bad, add to this conglomeration of tension. They will dissipate with
time; however, you can accelerate the process with these few simple hints.
1. Use creative procrastination.
Look, you know, and I know that we can't accomplish everything on our plate. Get
proactive, and prioritize your "to do" list. If you don't have a list , then get
one and fast. Your "A" list includes the "show-stoppers." These must be done, no
matter what. Your "B" list contains items that, if not completed, will harm your
reputation or relationships. Important, but not critical. Finally "C" - your
"nice to do" list. If others pressure you into accepting tasks and projects,
learn to say, "NO." Once your list is divided into A, B, and C, then trash the
"C" list and begin to identify the time required to do each item remaining. Then
set target dates. Also, consider delegating some of your tasks.
2. Seasonal Affective Disorder
(also known as SAD) touches all of us. Many of us experience some degree of the
blues in winter time. Did you know that exposing your skin to just twenty
minutes of sunlight a day will raise your mood? This short exposure to sunlight,
not necessarily sunshine, will help produce vitamin D and keep the blues at bay.
Consider buying a few "full-spectrum" lights to replace a few bulbs where you
spend a lot of time. At $20 per bulb, they are less expensive than a trip to a
sunny vacation spot!
3. Did you know that dehydration
is the major cause of fatigue? When you're fatigued, your mood, your
interpersonal relationships, your decision making, and even your cognitive
ability are affected. I suggest you keep a bottle of water with you always.
Also, if you take a drive of over an hour, keep sipping water, especially if
you're the one driving.
Lastly, I want to point out that stress does not come from the
event, but your perception of that event. The more control you think you
have over a situation, the less your stress will be. Some things are beyond your
control, so just let them go. Be concerned, but don't get in a panic over them.
Deal with the things over which you have some influence. With just a few tweaks,
you can enjoy a happier festive season, with less stress.