Feeling a little crazy? Some quick tips to keep calm are below.
- Make a list. If your head feels like it’s going to explode with all you need to remember, write down everything. Yes, I know it will look overwhelming, but I promise that there’s actually less to do than you think, when you keep it all in your head. Preferably use a big, hard to lose binder rather than a sheet of paper. Keep it with you for the next few days, so it’s easy to add items to (and cross off, which lowers stress, too.).
- Decide on the “bare minimum,” the “needs” versus “wants,” the “deal breakers.” However you say it, this means the top top top things that need to get done. THE most important. Because if you run out of time, at least you know that the good stuff got done.
- Anchor yourself. Take 5-10 minutes in the morning and throughout the day. Leave wherever you are. If you have to, hide in the bathroom. But take a break from the people, the noise, the expectations, the higher-than-usual-activity levels. You don’t have to announce that you’re taking a break; there is probably enough going on that you’ll not be missed. Go and refresh.
- Hug your dog, cat, donkey – the one who gives the unconditional love and has no idea about the holidays and what “should” be happening.
- Decide on who you most want to talk to. Figure that out today so you’ll focus and not miss out on what you most want to have happen.
- Do something nice for someone else. That always takes the focus off you and somehow is stress-reducing.
It’s only one day. Just one. It’s a normal day really. More going on, but wow, it’s been amazing at how many people have, for weeks, been writing what they are thankful and grateful for. So let’s lower the pressure for this one day. Be thankful more often, year round. Keep thinking this way; and say it loud if you need to.
See you after the long relaxing weekend I hope you all get to have.