5 Maintain Your Sanity Strategies for the Holidays
Do you get stressed as the holidays approach? It doesn’t have to be that way! Here are 5 strategies to help you make the holidays exactly what you want them to be and enable you to maintain your sanity at the same time:
1. Start Planning NOW – What needs to happen between now and the holidays to ensure that you are able to enjoy them as much as possible? Are you hosting a party, do you anticipate going to some, do you have a list of people for whom you will need to get gifts, do you need holiday attire? Map out what you need to do across the next several weeks so that not everything is saved for the last minute, stressing you out and spoiling your fun. If you strategically plan out what you need to do, shopping and preparing will be less of a chore and more of a pleasure. You may not be able to take full advantage of last minute sales, but you’ll save yourself the “procrastinator’s pain” that goes along with them.
2. Plug Into What Keeps You Calm – Pre-holiday season is NOT the time to ditch your exercise routine and healthy eating habits! More than ever, you need what anchors you in times of turbulence. Find time to take a breath here and there to make certain you’re on track and utilizing your energy, resources and time in the most efficient way possible.
3. Recognize Your Limits – Don’t overschedule or obligate yourself. Delegate when you can. Say NO to some things so that you can fully enjoy and embrace the things that mean the most to you. Be honest with yourself and others about what is reasonable for you to accomplish and what’s not.
4. Start Living the Life You Want to Live NOW – Are you waiting until January 1st to make your resolutions? Why is that day any more meaningful than today? What would happen if you began to experiment with making the kind of choices you want to be making in your life sooner rather than later? There is no better way to head into the holidays with optimism and empowerment than by treating yourself well, and by respecting your choices to do right by yourself.
5. Name What You Want! (and tell others!) – Instead of having people guess what you want for the holidays, let them know. You can be obvious, or make a game of it, but whatever you do, you will only have yourself to blame if you haven’t been clear about your wishes and desires and end up disappointed that a loved one missed the mark. You are, in fact, doing others a favor if you DO tell them exactly what would make you happy. They now have a roadmap and you’ve quite possible reduced the stress they are feeling in connection with the holidays.
Now…what you seek as a special gift may be something that cannot be purchased in stores.
It might be the opportunity to really focus on YOU, what you hope to accomplish in the next year, and a way to formulate, and STICK WITH, a plan to truly make that happen!
Have you thought about making that kind of investment in yourself, but you hesitated or put it off because you’re accustomed to putting others first? This is your time! And if you won’t do it for yourself, ASK someone to GIFT it to you!! The first step in being true to yourself is in asking for what you want.
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Laurie Leinwand is a Professional Life Coach assisting clients with a variety of personal and professional life issues. Ideas 2 Action Life Coaching encompasses Laurie’s work as a life coach for women and men, career life coach and work-life balance coach.
Laurie provides personal development assistance with regard to powerful issues such as how to make a change in your life and finding fulfillment and your life purpose. In addition, she works with clients interested in learning how to say no, setting limits and boundaries, as well as balancing work and life.
Ideas 2 Action Life Coaching is located in Randolph, NJ and services the surrounding communities of Morristown, Denville, Parsippany, Florham Park and Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, though much of her coaching is done on the phone and is accessible to clients worldwide.