The year is quickly coming to a close. Are you stressing over remaining holiday tasks?
Tips to manage your holiday stress:
- We tend to over dramatize undone tasks. Take a deep breath and tackle the most important tasks first. Fill in with the rest when you can. Stay positive. Tell yourself it will all get done and the world won't end if it doesn't.
- Manage the expectations. It's okay to say "NO" sometimes. "NO!" is a complete sentence. Don't overload your schedule. If it's already maxed out, delegate or move things to another day or week.
- Make time for family, friends and fun. Laugher lowers your stress level. Add fun activities to your calendar. Add a few things that you'd like to do just for you. An hour with your head buried in a good book, mindless TV or a nap can do you a world of good. Bake some cookies. I don't know anyone who doesn't feel good after baking some terrific holiday cookies.
- Get in some exercise, eat healthy, stay hydrated. They are all good for the body and soul. Help someone in need. Remember, you are not the only one stressed. You never know what others are going through. Be kind.
Here was one of my stress reducers.
These cookies were a holiday family baking project. My late husband and mom, my granddaughter and I baked these Thumbprints a few years ago. If you've ever baked Thumbprints, you know it's a process. We formed a team. Two of us rolled the dough, someone dipped them in egg whites, someone else rolled them in nuts and put them on the cookie sheet. After 5 minutes of baking, they come out of the oven and you press your thumb into the cookie, then finish baking. When cooled, you top with family favorite jelly.
Besides fabulous cookies, we have fond memories of all the laughter we shared while baking.
I wish you all a stressful end of the year and a fabulous 2022!