5 Simple Ways to De-Stress for the Holidays

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(1) Simplify your shopping ~ If you’re into “shopping ‘til you drop,” and can do this without feeling overwhelmed, go for it!  Me?  I’ll pass on Black Friday craziness.  This year, I did most of my shopping online. It was fun and easy.  My daughter sent me links for her “wish list” and I clicked on the links, ordered the stuff, and voila, packages arrived like magic. Since she lives in another state, I had some of them sent directly to her, and enjoyed Amazon’s free shipping. I also bought my hubby’s gifts online, giving him the gift of fun stuff to do together, instead of the usual clothes!  I’m giving money to my young great-nieces and nephews, which de-stresses my pre-holiday preparation even more. 

(2) Unless you’re a glutton for punishment, don’t watch the news stations on television or the Internet.  All the bad news will raise your blood pressure and give you nightmares! Instead, pop in your favorite holiday movie (For me, it’s Elf, a Christmas tradition for me and my daughter), listen to some seasonal music, or read a good book. 

(3) Remember that the holiday party is about being with your loved ones – it’s about who’s at your table, not what’s on your table.  I used to be a fanatic, baking and freezing hundreds of cookies, picking out dozens of new recipes and overspending on food and other goodies, basically driving myself crazy because everything had to be perfect!

(4) Relax before bedtime by curling up in a chair and listening to meditative music on your Ipod or other player.  This is particularly relaxing when you turn the lights down low, light some candles, and enjoy the glow of your Christmas tree lights.  (That is, if you celebrate Christmas)  

(5) If you believe in a Higher Power, another wonderful way to relax and get into the spirit of the holidays is by reading a faith-based book. My current choice is The Inspirational Study Bible by Max Lucado, which provides life lessons along with the readings. Other options include books by Sarah Ban Breathnach (Simple Abundance), Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now) or other inspirational authors.  

Quote for the Week: August 16, 2015

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You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space. (Johnny Cash)

Quote for the Week: August 2, 2015

 

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Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan. (Tom Landry) 

I recently saw a video on Facebook – a young man (teenager) was skinny and wanted to build up his physique.  He had a goal.  One day, he decided to take steps toward that goal.  He started working out.  It wasn’t easy.  At first, he felt like a failure, because he couldn’t even do a pull up. He didn’t give up.  After a year of pushing himself, he reached his goal.  He was no longer a skinny teen; he now had an enviable physique. And he had learned an important life lesson.  He realized that failure is a key to success.  A goal is simply that, unless we take action, accept our failures; and never give up.

 

I need to take heed of that lesson.  How about you?  

Quote for the Week: June 28, 2015

 

She is a friend of mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order. It’s good, you know, when you got a woman who is a friend of your mind. (Toni Morrison, Beloved)

How wondeful it is to have forever friends. 44 years as friends and still going strong.

Quotes for the Week: June 21, 2015

“I must do something” always solves more problems than “something must be done.” (Author Unknown)

 

Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses. (George Washington Carver)

 

Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will – his personal responsibility. (Albert Einstein)

Quote for the Week: June 14, 2015

 

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Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. (Harriet Tubman)

 

Dreams don’t have to die, just because we age.  We can keep them alive, simply by maintaining our enthusiasm for living, even as we grow older. Why not create a painting, write a book, learn a new language, or take a stand for a cause that’s important to you?