Holiday Joy, Holiday Stress

The holiday season can be a joyous time. But it’s also the time of year when extra demands on your time can increase your stress and your ability to stay focused on your business.

I originally posted a similar version of these tips a few years ago and I think they are still helpful to keep in mind, especially during the holidays.

Don’t Put Yourself Last

Self-care is one of the best ways to keep your stress level under control. However, more often than not, you end up at the bottom of your to-do list when you feel like you are pressed for time. So it’s wise to stick with your regular personal care routine as much as possible.

Don’t Be Afraid To Say No

It’s common to be asked to do things that require a time commitment this time of year. To keep your commitments in check, try to resist the urge to say yes immediately. Even if you think you have the time, consider saying “I’ll get back to you.” This gives you the opportunity to think it through to be sure it works with your schedule, Consider whether it’s something you really want to do, not something you feel obligated to do.

Do Plan Ahead

Planning ahead as much as possible will help you avoid overwhelm, so remember to set aside some extra time in your schedule for holiday activities, such as shopping and baking.

Do Have Fun

Sharing fun activities with family and friends is a great way to keep your holiday stress level in check. Again, make your plans ahead of time so you can fully enjoy the experience.

Action for the Week: Make a list of your anticipated holiday tasks and put them in your schedule right now!