Hi there! So like many of you I am busy working and trying to get all my holiday shopping done! It can be a stressful time for anyone so I thought I’d pull together the “Brock Designs Top 10 Ways to Beat Holiday Stress” List!
1. Be thankful – even for the most simple of things.
I live a very busy life. It is my choice. I thrive on being active, but I sometimes forget that to be at my best I need moments to slow down and reflect on all that I am thankful for. It can be as simple as a glimpse of sunshine, hug from my grandkids, or a wonderful new client. What are you thankful for?
2. Take 5-15 minutes to clear your mind.
My life has been crazy lately and I have been putting off going to a yoga class. It’s a catch 22 – I feel like I am too busy to go, but I need to go because I am so busy. I am new to yoga, but exercise and relaxation sounded like something I could really use. I finally went to my first class. It was the best thing I could have done for myself. The way I felt afterward was amazing. I had finally done something for me and it was well worth the hour out of my day. My mind feels clear and my muscles a little sore – the good kind of sore. I can’t wait to go back. If you even have 5 minutes, lay on your floor with your eyes closed and listen to some calm music – or just the quiet. Studies have shown that people who take a mental break in the middle of the day are much more productive than those who don’t. My new year’s resolution is starting early- just give myself 5-15 minutes to clear my mind.
3. Light some candles and create some ambiance for yourself.
4. Whistle while you work.
Put on upbeat music – anything that makes you happy while you are working on your “to do” list. If you are working, you might as well be singing!
5. Try to eat healthy foods and take walks as often as you can.
It is almost impossible to be perfect during the holidays, and frankly, why do you have to? It’s fun to allow yourself a treat or two. Just make sure you balance those treats with some days of moderation – and maybe some exercise as well. A simple walk in the fresh air will do you a world of good.
6. De-clutter your home.
Clean off the counters, put coats, hats and shoes in the closet, run the vacuum. You don’t have to spend hours on this – just a few focused minutes will make a difference. The one room that gives me calm is my bedroom. If it is organized and clutter free, I sleep better. Waking up to a clean bedroom gives you a great start to your day and helps you cope with whatever lies ahead. For tips on a quick clean click here.
7. Give to others – it doesn’t have to cost a thing.
Give of your time. Offer to have a cup of coffee with someone who is alone. Help someone else with their shopping or straighten up their home. Christmas is for giving and when you give of yourself, it is truly special.
8. “It’s all about your attitude.”
This was an important saying in our household as our kids were growing up. It’s so simple, but true. As soon as your attitude changes toward the positive, it sheds a whole new light on a difficult situation. Try to find at least one thing you can be happy about. If you just can say something nice to someone – it works!
9. Prepare early!
After you straighten up the house, light your candles and put on your music, sit down with pen and paper to make a list of a few of the things you can prepare ahead of time such as wrapping gifts you may already have or get guest rooms ready.
10. Don’t overspend!
Nothing makes you more tense than spending over your budget. One of the go to gifts in my family (which consists of more than 50 adults) is to fill a small container/tin (from IKEA) with a Mediterranean spice rub that can be used for everything from meats and fish, to seasoning for vegetable soups. Everyone loves it and it costs so little to make. The key is in the presentation. Watch tomorrow for this recipe and more with tips on how to present an easy and special handmade gift.