Friday, December 14, 2012

It's the Most Stressful Time of the Year

I know it's supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but the holiday season can be downright stressful.  So many of my friends have confided in me that they are feeling pressed for time this month.  I think that can be the most stressful part of the holidays: finding time for everything.  From shopping to wrapping to shipping to holiday social engagements to cleaning before company arrives to travel to work....it adds up!  I found some helpful tips through the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation to share with you:

1- Treat yourself to professional home-cleaning:  This is something that I had been treating myself to for the past few months.  Working full-time with a son and a husband to attend to, I just found it impossible to find time to keep the house clean.  (Jeremy and I refuse to spend our weekend cleaning house because it's our only time together.)  I can't recommend this enough.  We cut other aspects of our budget out, to include this.  Having someone come in and do a deep clean twice a month brought me such peace.  Also on this note, I was recently stressing out because I have company coming and wasn't going to be able to have the place as clean as I would like.  My girlfriend said, "Mare, no one is going to care if there is dust. And if they do, don't invite them back!"  In hindsight, I was a bit crazy to be so stressed, but it was nice to be brought back to reality. 

2 - Switch from coffee to green tea this month:  I think it might add stress to myself and those around me if I did this!  But I consider this tip to be wide-reaching.  Include some healthy food amongst the holiday treats and make sure to drink a lot of water.  I find when I eat better, I feel better. 

3 - Choose one thing you hate about the holidays, and resolve not to do it: I looked at my calendar at the beginning of December and to my dismay, I realized I had only TWO days with nothing scheduled.  I am learning to decline invites this year.  I can't be everywhere all the time and show up for everything.  This is ok.  I hate being busy all the time and then looking back to realize I was too busy to enjoy.  Maybe you hate baking, don't do it.  Buy treats.  If you hate travelling, have family come to you.  You hate making a turkey? Do lasagne or something in the slow cooker. 

I hope these tips are helpful.  If nothing else, remember to slow down and enjoy the holidays.

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