Busy, busy, busy! That is my life this time of year and I’m sure your life is super busy too! It is so easy to get stressed out this time of year when there are so many things to do. Shopping, decorating, wrapping presents ….. the list seems endless at times. This is supposed to be the most joyous time of year. Unfortunately, many of us get bogged down by our “to do” list and forget about the joy.
If you are feeling this way, take a moment or two to breathe. Go and grab a hot mug of tea or your favorite drink, and take a load off for a bit. I promise, the most important things will all get done. As for all the other things….let them go.
Here are a few things I do to keep the stress down and fill my life with joy!
Don’t Forget Gratitude Instead of fretting over that endless to do list, be thankful for the things you do have. Remember those less fortunate who would love to be shopping, wrapping gifts, and decorating a home. Above all, be thankful that you have a home.
Make a list, check it twice! List ten things you need to accomplish. The first item should be the most important thing on your long to do list. That specific need that must be accomplished today. The least important item will be last. As your making you list, think about what really needs to be done, and what could be put off for a day or two. Then get busy and tackle those first items on the list. If you can’t finish everything, it’s okay. Get a good nights sleep and start again tomorrow. This way your most important priorities will get taken care of. If something doesn’t get finished, well … maybe it wasn’t that important after all.
Take care of yourself. Speaking of a good nights sleep, don’t forget to get plenty of rest and to make healthy dining choices! You need to get enough rest and plenty of healthy nutritious food to feel your best. Try packing carrots and hummus for a quick nutritious snack. If you are dining on the run, try a salad with your meal rather that french fries. Your body will be ever so grateful!
Drink plenty of water. If you enjoy an occasional adult beverage, this is not the time to overdo! You cannot afford a headache in the morning! Pace yourself and remember to drink water in between each drink. Coffee can also be an evil culprit. I love my morning coffee, but I can no longer can drink caffeine after noon or I will have trouble sleeping at night. Try water with a little lemon. It will be so refreshing!
Choose Joy! Your friends and family would prefer to have the gift of your presence rather than one more present! Be there for them with your mind and your spirit. Reach out to others and share your heart. You will find that when you truly put others first, your joy will return.