Stress LESS this Christmas

 

 

I would be lying if I did not say that Christmas time is my favorite season. I would also be lying if I did not say that some days I feel like the Grinch and I HATE CHRISTMAS. Too much to do and too little time in which to do it, but I am determined to Stress LESS this Christmas.

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Stress LESS this Christmas

Yesterday I was at yoga. Yoga can be a bit hokey at times and I have never been much of a hokey person, but I am getting better at it especially if the teacher has lavender oil for the for the “final relaxation pose” at the end. Anywho… yesterday at the beginning of class the teacher asked us to give ourselves a gift for Thanksgiving. I decided my gift to myself would be the gift of calm. Some days during the holidays I have so many things pulling in so many directions that I am practically in tears because I cannot even decide what thing to work on. Presents, meals, parties, family….

I have been studying productivity for the past 9 months (Harness Your Energy at the Right Time and on the Right Tasks). One method that I consistently see recommended is to do a “brain dump.” When I become so overwhelmed and my mind is spinning from one topic to another, I get out a piece of paper and just dump everything I am thinking about onto the paper. Once my brain is empty, I can look at the paper and start categorizing the items, getting them onto appropriate lists and onto my calendar.

I also want to give my readers, the Almost Empty Nest community, the gift of calm this holiday season. I have made a special Christmas “brain dump” sheet and several other Christmas planning worksheets. They are in a soothing gray color. There are enough flashing lights and bold colors everywhere else you look.

The planning sheets include:

Christmas Brain Dump

Black Friday Shopping Plan

Cyber Monday Shopping Plan

Gift List

Meals to Plan

Groceries to Buy

Items to Deck my Hall

Print them out (as many copies of each sheet as you need), dump everything you can think of onto the brain dump, then go through the list and put everything on the appropriate list or onto your calendar.

Sister (or brother), we are all going to Stress LESS this Christmas. We are going to be joyful. Merry Christmas, Y'all!!!!

 

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