Many people send gifts overseas to soldiers during the holiday season, but what do you put in these care packages that can actually be of use? Below are 4 things to put in your packages that will help to make the Christmas season brighter for our heroes.
4 Things to Ship Overseas this Christmas.
- Blank Cards that they can send back home to friends and family.
- Calling cards so they can reach loved ones during Christmas.
- Personal Hygiene Products. Soaps, lotions, shaving cream and razors make great gifts.
- Special Holiday Treats like Cookies and Sweets.
Until Next Time…
Send a gift of care.
Christmas is the worst time of year for your waistline, but watching what you eat does not have to dampen your spirits. Below are a few tips to help you make healthy meal choices during the holidays.
6 Tips To Encourage Healthy Eating During The Holidays:
- Do NOT Skip Breakfast: Many people believe that skipping breakfast is a great way to cut back on calories, but it is one of the worst things you can do. Missing breakfast means that you will actually end up eating more, and your body might even end up storing more calories from the food you eat in the long run. Plus missing this important meal means your blood sugar levels crash and you end up tired and lacking the energy to face this demanding season.
- Stock Up on Staples: Keep your cupboards stocked with healthy snacks and staples to create healthy meals in order to avoid splurging on quick fixes and high-calorie content.
- Skip the Holiday Traditionals: One glass of eggnog can have over 350 calories and 19 grams of fat. Avoid the traditional treats and seek lighter options that still satisfy.
- Work Around Meals: Treating yourself is a big part of celebrating the Christmas season and it is perfectly fine to do so, but do it in a way that is planned and work around your pleasures. If you want to eat that piece of pie have a lighter meal midday or find ways to cut calories later. Laying off of the alcohol is another way to keep the calories in check during the Christmas season.
- Follow the Half, Quarter, Quarter Rule: Your plate should always follow the half, quarter, quarter rule. Half your plate should be filled with veggies, a quarter with your meat, like turkey, and the other quarter with your carb, like potatoes. This keeps things balanced, and fills you up with healthy foods that will keep you feeling full while cutting back on your calorie intake.
- Build a Snowman: When you have over indulged during the holidays find ways to get yourself moving to burn the calories off. Get outdoors and build a snowman, make snow angels or have a snowball fight to work off those extra treats and fight off the seasonal pounds that can creep up on you.
Until Next Time…
Make Healthy Choices.
I didn’t get a chance to post yesterday, and so there will be two posts today….
Doing things together as a family is a part of celebrating the holiday season for many people. One way that you can spend time connecting with your family, teach children valuable lessons and help those in need is through volunteer work. Volunteering as a family can be fun and can also help teach your children about gratitude.
Below are a few ideas of how you can volunteer as a family this Christmas.
7 Ways You Can Volunteer as a Family:
- Soup Kitchens: Many local soup kitchens offer special Christmas dinners and are always looking for volunteers to help serve meals, prepare food or help clean up. They may need entertainment, greeters, or even someone to dress up as Santa… Check with your local agency to see how your family can help out this season.
- Toy Drives: There is no better feeling than knowing that you are making a child smile on Christmas. Local toy drives rely on volunteers to be able to meet the high demand of today. Contact local charities or radio stations to find out how your family can get involved.
- Food Banks: Christmas is one of the busiest times of year for the local food banks. They are always in need of donations and volunteers and during the holidays with people gone away the need is even greater than usual. Check with your local branches to see what you can do as a family to help. Many times they need people who are able to deliver goods to those that can not come in themselves to pick-up, or they may require a group to sort and bag the food being given. These are simple things that you can do together as a family.
- Clothing Depots: Christmas means winter, which means warmer clothes, this means that clothing depots and charity stores need to gather, sort and distribute more items. As a family you can help out in many ways; gather up all your old items and bring them into a location to donate, or volunteer to help sort, gather or handout items.
- Homeless Shelters: Winter brings with it a high volume of homeless people in need of a place to keep warm. Volunteering at the local homeless shelter is a great way to help out and there are always jobs to be done. Contact the shelters in your area and offer to help out. You may be able to offer a special skill they can utilize, and otherwise there are always positions that need to be filled.
- Retirement homes: One great way you can work together as a family is by visiting homes for the aging to help spread Christmas cheer. So many of the elderly have little to no family of their own and Christmas can be a lonely time for them. Something as simple as sitting down and listening to their stories can make the world of difference. Try contacting some local centers and see what you can do to help, or work together as a family to come up with ideas like baking a batch of cookies to deliver or simple christmas cards to give.
- Churches: Religious centers are also busy this time of year, they usually offer ‘adopt a family’ programs and many need help gathering and organizing the items. Check with your own congregation if you have one, or ask around locally. Chances are they will be grateful for the extra set of hands.
There are so many ways to give back this season, and volunteering is one of the greatest. Not only will it give you have a chance to work together as a family, you will also be teaching your children a wonderful lesson as well. Remember though, these agencies and charities are thankful for the help at Christmas but they could also use a hand the rest of the year too, if you have the time to give it is something worth considering.
Until Next Time…
Lend a Hand.
The Christmas season can be a wonderful and amazing time of year, but for some it is a time of loneliness and depression because they are spending it alone. For some the images of family gathered around a table sharing a feast and having fun are the furthest thing from their own reality, and this can be difficult to deal with. Perhaps you are spending your first Christmas alone after a breakup, divorce or death, this can make the season even harder to face. But…
If you are without family and friends this holiday season do not fear, you can still survive and even enjoy Christmas. Below are a few helpful tips to get you through the holidays on your own, and even invite some of the Christmas spirit into your home.
8 Ways To Make It Through The Christmas Holidays Alone:
- Plan Your Meals: Even if you are spending the holidays alone it can be nice to enjoy a special meal. Plan out your meals for the holidays to avoid overeating, and to treat yourself as well. If you enjoy cooking then whip up one of your favorites or try something new. You can order take out on the holidays as well if you are less of a Betty Crocker. Remember, you don’t have to stick to the traditional turkey and stuffing either, this is your day, feast on whatever you desire.
- Spoil Yourself: Be sure to buy yourself that special gift that you have been wanting. Wrap it up and stick a tag on it. It doesn’t have to be a big luxurious item, but you deserve a treat this holiday season.
- Volunteer: There is no better way to lift your spirits than by helping those less fortunate. Volunteer at the local shelter dishing out Christmas meals or handing out gifts. Not only will you be sharing something priceless with others, you will remind yourself of how truly blessed you are.
- Create A Cozy Atmosphere: Light some candles, set the mood with some music, have a bubble bath and relax. Create an atmosphere of relaxation, you deserve it. Look at the Christmas break as a mini vacation and use the time to relax and unwind.
- Do What You Love: Take the opportunity this time of year to enjoy what you most love doing. Perhaps you love dancing, reading, hiking, photography, or horseback riding. What ever it is you most enjoy, this is the time to spend doing that. Make the most of this holiday season by doing what makes you feel great.
- Turn To Friends: Seek out friends that will be spending the season alone and make plans together. If you are feeling down than turn to your friends for support, especially if this is your first Christmas alone. Don’t be ashamed of asking for company, or seeking out companionship, chances are they are simply waiting for you to ask.
- Let Go Of Ideals: If you are truly going to enjoy the Christmas Holidays alone you must first forget the image that the media portrays the season to be. Let go of the ‘picture perfect’ family feast, the large groups gathered together to sing carols and exchange gifts. Those things are not everyone’s norm, and they do not have to be yours. There are a large number of people whose holidays would not fit the hallmark image of perfection, and that is perfectly acceptable. You must let go of all the things you are not this holiday to be able to celebrate all the wonderful things that you are.
The holidays can be difficult when you are alone, but they don’t have to be. Take this time to enjoy the amazing person that you are and celebrate all of your successes…. And of course, you can always use the time to browse through our site to find interesting ideas that will help you start the new year off on the path to a happier, more fulfilling lifestyle… Or email us at email@example.com if you have any questions, have a post idea, or just need to vent!
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Breathe and Just Be!
We are getting closer to that special night and chances are you are making your lists and checking them twice, buying presents whether they were naughty or nice… But what are you asking Santa for this Christmas? Below are 9 priceless presents you should be asking for this holiday season…
9 Gifts You Should Be Asking Santa For This Christmas:
Energy and Vitality.
Peace and Relaxation.
Friendship and Laughter.
A Happy Healthy Family.
Honesty, Openness and Communication.
Until Next Time…
There are no better memories than those spent with family during the holidays. Family traditions have been passed down through generations are a big part of what makes the holidays special. Perhaps you have traditions that you implement already or maybe you are just starting to create your own, below are a few fun family tradition ideas to help you fill the holidays with happiness and create memories your children will cherish always.
10 Fun Family Traditions That Will Create Memories Your Children Will Cherish.
- Countdown to Christmas: You can purchase Advent calendars at the dollar store that give the kids a fun way to count down the days until Christmas, or you can create personalized ones of your own. Place envelopes or little boxes with special treats on a board, or simply stack them so that the kids can have one each morning as you head into Christmas. Some people countdown from 12, some 24. You can find some great ideas online to make your own calendar special.
- Trim the Tree: One of the fondest memories I have of being a child is trimming the tree as a family. Throw on some soft Christmas music, brew some rich hot chocolate and gather as a family to decorate the tree. This a is great way to start the season and allows you to connect with your kids while creating fond memories.
- Customize Ornaments: Making custom ornaments can be a great way to make memories that you can physically hold close forever. Check Pinterest, and other craft sites for inspiration, or just give the kids some materials and see where it leads,
- Cook with the Kids: Baking and cooking with children around Christmas can be a lot of fun. The treats you create can also make great gifts for family and friends. You don’t have to be a Martha Stewart in the kitchen, whipping up a simple batch of cookies can be more than enough… It is more about the time than it is the result.
- Christmas Eve Outings: Taking a walk or drive to see the decorations on Christmas eve can be a fun way to wind down with the family. Even attending and event, or service if you are religious, can make the night very peaceful and remind you of all that you have to be thankful for. For my family, it was skating. Every year on Christmas eve we would go skating as a family, and it is a memory that I hold dear to this day.
- Special Delivery From Santa: This idea goes hand in hand with the outing, but you can do it anyway that you like. Each year when we came home from our Christmas eve outing we were surprised to find that Santa had stopped by to deliver a special Christmas eve gift to our door. The presents were always special Christmas pajamas that made going to bed that much sweeter.
- Volunteer Together: What better way to teach your children the true gift of giving than through helping those in need. Volunteer at a local shelter handing out meals or gifts on Christmas eve or Christmas day. Nothing teaches gratitude to children like seeing what it is like to help others, and discovering how blessed you truly are.
- Holiday Inspired Story Time: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas has always been a Christmas Eve tradition in our house, and it is something I do with my own children now. After we got into our pajamas and ready for bed my parents would sit down with us and read the classic story. It is something so simple, yet so magical all at the same time.
- Pose for a Picture: Family portraits are a fun way to share memories this holiday season and they give you a physical memory that lasts a lifetime. Even if you take the portrait yourself in the comfort of your home, it is a fun way to get together as a family. You may also decide to have them done professionally and send them out as Christmas cards or gifts, look around locally for great holiday prices.
- Start the Day Off With Something Special: Start Christmas morning off with a special breakfast, or a warm treat to create a tradition that pleases everyone. Each year when we woke up my parents would make warm tea and cocoa and we would enjoy a few of my grandfathers famous shortbread cookies. The warmth of the drink and the sweet treat are a tradition I will always remember.
What are some of the holiday traditions you remember from your youth?
What are the ones you still practice today?
Are there any that have faded away that you wish you could get back?
Until Next Time…
Create Memories as often as possible.
Our last post discussed 12 ideas to help you prepare for the holidays and fight off stress, etc… One of those ideas was to stick to a budget. This is not always easy, especially with technology being the in-demand item for many of the young people today, but there are simple gifts, some that you can make yourself, to give to others that will help you save a few buck and share the holiday spirit.
11 Gift Giving Ideas To Help you Give More and Spend Less.
- Give the gift of Memories: An inexpensive idea for a Christmas gift for family or close friends is a photo album. The convenience of technology means that images are always at our fingertips, but it also means that we have less of those photos on display around our homes. Create a family album of your favorite prints, or find one special photo and have it enlarged and framed. Photo kiosks, like those at most Walmart locations, mean that you can print large images for relatively cheap, and you can find basic frames for a few dollars. Also, check out staples, they print large prints for affordable prices, and you can find tutorials to mount them on canvas, styrofoam or wood, online.
- Give the gift of Charity: Foundations like World Vision, and UNICEF offer the chance to give the gift of charity this holiday season. For a small fee you can give the gift of food, medicine or school supplies to people who can not afford these things on their own. They allow you to print a gift receipt that can be inscribed with a friend’s name and you can give it to them in place of a present. It is a good way to give to many all at once.
- Give the gift of Tradition: Family traditions are fading fast, why not create some new ones to give to those you love. It is relatively easy to create and print your own recipe books online, or there are sites that will allow you to make personalized story books for your children, placing them in the story and bringing it to life.
- Give the gift of Encouragement: Do you have a friend that has always wanted to learn more about writing? Photography? or Fishing? Give them the gift of encouragement by picking up a cheap book on the subject, getting a gift certificate for a class, or something that they can use while enjoying their hobby. Many places offer free, or cheap trial classes that you can sign your friend up for, or they offer Christmas gift discounts. Even something as simple as a journal for keeping track of their accomplishments can be a great gift, look for sites online that allow you to create and customize your own and fill it with related quotes or photos.
- Give the gift of Relaxation: You can easily create a relaxation gift basket from items at the dollar store. For under $10 you can put together a relaxing bubble bath set, a manicure basket, or a ‘me’ time collection. Wrap it up nicely and the recipient will think you spent a fortune finding a gift that was ‘just right’. The bonus to this gift giving idea is that it can be completely personalized.
- Give the gift of Creativity: For the creative soul, or the younger members of your list, try giving the gift of creativity. Put together a craft set, or get your friend a special journal. Artists always need canvas, brushes, or new colors to work with, and writers love an interesting place to jot down ideas. Get to know people’s creative interests and work with that information to make something personal that will allow them to shine.
- Give the gift of Knowledge: Books are always a great gift for any age. The batteries never die, they don’t run out, they encourage literacy and they promote relaxation. Check out your local used book store and seek out interesting titles, short novels for the younger family members, or books that teach them about their interests. Don’t forget to consider the classics, they send messages that are important on so many levels.
- Give the gift of Indulgence: Food always makes a great gift around the holidays. Bake your best batch of cookies, jar some homemade jam, or find a new recipe to wrap up for friends and family. There is nothing better than opening up a sweet treat on Christmas morning and allowing yourself to indulge. Check the dollar store, or your local thrift store, for interesting cans and containers to wrap them in.
- Give the gift of Luxury: You don’t have to spend a fortune to feel rich. Look around your local spa’s and luxury gift stores for more affordable options. Simple luxury bath products, a massage, or a mani/pedi can make anyone feel luxurious. Scope eBay and other online sites for name brand, or luxury items at prices that are easy on they wallet. Many salons and spas offer discounted treatments when you bring a friend or give it as a gift, ask around.
- Give the gift of Laughter: A funny movie, a joke book , or a silly toy can make great gifts. Giving the gift of laughter is something that keeps on giving. Check out your local movie store for good comedies, or the gag shop for the perfect gift for the joker on your list. Have fun and find something that is sure to make them smile.
- Give the give of Gratitude: One great, and affordable, gift idea is a gratitude journal. Start it off for your family member or friend by writing a message inside that shares the reasons you are thankful for them being in your life. Look at the local dollar store for fancy journals, or personalize one online. Include a message telling them to use it to keep track of all the blessings they have in their life, and watch as those blessings grow.
Do you have any affordable gift ideas that you are giving this season?
What would you rather have, the latest gadget or a gift for the soul?
Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below, and link to your own DIY Christmas gift posts/favorites.
Until Next Time…
Give the Gift of Love!
Here are 12 ways to make sure you are prepared and able enjoy your Christmas holidays this year…
12 Days of Christmas – Preparation Tactics
- Manage your time: The holiday season is always one of high demand. Being able to prepare and effectively manage your time during this period can help to lessen stress and make events more pleasurable. Figure out your goals and work backwards to outline all that you need to accomplish. Create a schedule and stick to it as much as possible in order to reduce stress or panic during this hectic time.
- Keep a routine: Christmas holidays are exciting, and too often our regular routines are thrown to the wind. With breaks from work, family visits and various events, we are often running around without any direction. Try to stick to your regular routine as much as possible, especially if you have kids; this will help reduce stress and keep you organized.
- Exercise: Obviously we all know the effect that holiday dinners can have on a waist line, but there is more than one reason to workout this holiday season. Exercise will help to keep you energized so you can tackle all the tree trimming, and battle the chaos at the local malls. Be sure to fit some fitness into your holiday routine so that you are energized and healthy, and of course so you can have that extra cupcake or two!
- Give into temptation: If you have ever attempted a diet during the holiday’s you know how hard it can be to stick to your plan. Being constantly surrounded by glorious food can make it almost impossible to avoid slipping up, so don’t even try. Instead, give in to temptation in moderation. Allow yourself a treat or two without feeling like you have failed. The holiday season is about celebration and enjoyment, and no one is going to be happy standing in a corner nibbling carrots when all they really want is that piece of cake. If you treat yourself in moderation, you can truly have your cake and eat it too without any guilt at all.
- Connect: The holidays are about spending time with friends and family, and while this is not always a good thing, it can be beneficial to your mood. If you have to spend time with people who you are not looking forward to seeing, counteract it by connecting with friends you have truly enjoy. Set up a girls night, or have brunch with your best friend to prepare you for, or calm you after, a difficult visit with the in-laws.
- Prepare for stress: Stress and Christmas go hand-in-hand. There is really no avoiding it during the holiday season. But, that doesn’t mean that it has to affect you to the point that you feel like running away to a foreign country never to celebrate the holidays again. Instead be prepared for stress by knowing the triggers and finding ways to deal with them. If it is certain people who affect you, try to limit exposure. If you have too much to do, break it down into smaller tasks. When we prepare for stress it loses its power.
- Go easy on the eggnog: Alcohol is everywhere during the holidays, and while a good glass of wine or a cup of spiked nog can be a great treat it is important that you remember alcohol will increase your stress. Limit the amount of alcohol you consume at parties and gatherings in order to keep yourself in high spirits and able to tackle the challenges of the season.
- Don’t give into pressure: Holidays are full of pressure at every turn. Pressure from people to attend various events, pressure from family to visit, pressure at work to complete tasks, and pressure from stores to buy their products. Don’t give in to the pressure that surrounds you. Embrace your ability to say “NO” and do it as often as you have to. Do not feel bad for not attending every Christmas party you are invited to, or for not driving across country to see you brother in-law. If it stresses you out and you would rather not do it, then don’t. It is that simple.
- Ask for help: Do not be afraid to ask for help this holiday season. Too often we try to do everything ourselves and end up an absolute mess. Turn to friends and family for support when you need it, especially if you are planning a big event of family gathering. Consider turning it into a potluck to lighten the load, or organize a gift exchange to make shopping easier on everyone.
- Stick to a budget: Nothing diminishes faster during the holidays than our bank accounts. If money is already tight, which it is for many of us, the holidays can seem very daunting and almost impossible to achieve. For those with children the stress can be enormous, especially with today’s technology and its added expenses. The only way to combat this type of stress is to create a budget and stick to it. Sit down before beginning your shopping and decide how much you have to spend in total and then break it down to each person you are buying for. Stick to this plan as much as you possibly can. One way to do this is by placing the money in a separate account only for shopping, or using cash; this way when the funds run out your shopping is done.
- Celebrate yourself: Don’t forget to celebrate yourself this season. Too often we are focused on everyone else during the holidays, and while it is better to give than to receive, it is also nice to receive sometimes too. Get yourself something special that you have been wanting, even if you can only afford something small. It is important that we take time to celebrate ourselves, especially during a time that is so focused on others. Time during the holidays can quickly fly by and before you know it you are back to the daily grind, so take a second or two to enjoy yourself, and celebrate being you.
- Focus on the positive: The most important tip to remember during the Christmas season is to stay positive. Whether you celebrate Christmas itself, Hanukkah, or some other festivity, the lesson that lies within these celebrations is one of love and compassion for others. Not everyone loves the idea of the holidays and the consumer aspects it entails, but the message that is underneath all the gift wrap and chaos is what needs to be remembered… and that lesson is positivity, happiness, and love.
Until Next Time…
Be prepared and just do your best.
If there is one lesson in life that will make things easier for you, it is the importance of effective communication.
You must not attempt to read other people’s minds,
and refrain from making them read yours.
Good communication skills can simplify your life a great deal, improve your current relationships, and encourage new ones. These skills can open doors that appear locked, and can give you a better outlook in general. They affect all areas of your life, and can help you overcome obstacles that would otherwise hinder your success. Effective Communication truly is one of the best skills you can possess in life, and the best part is, these skills are 100% teachable! Anyone can learn how to communicate effectively, it is actually quite easy to do, and it can have a huge impact on your life, and overall happiness.
Effective Communication – How to Gain/Improve Your Skills:
- Start by understanding what communication is – Communication is the process of transferring information from sender to receiver in order to convey a message or idea.
- Understand that to effectively communicate requires confidence – This thought may scare you, but it is a fact. If you want to be clear in your communication, you must be confident in what you are saying. This does not mean you have to be an expert, but you need to be confident enough to say what you truly think. *Don’t worry about what people think about you when you are communicating, instead focus on making your message clear.
- Use more than one path to clarity – Spoken words are the most direct way to communicate, but this can be frightening for some of us and when we are uncomfortable our communication skills suffer. Body language plays a big role in effective communication, and so using eye contact and gestures while you speak can help you to clarify what you are trying to say. *These things also put the receiver at ease and encourage attention to detail, just be sure that all these things combined match in tone so you are not sending mixed signals. (smiling with your arms crossed sends out a confusing image.)
- Understand that communication does not always need a resolution – One of the biggest problems that arises in our communication with others, especially our partners, is our need to resolve. When we are focusing on right and wrong we are not truly communicating, we are simply stating our side and failing to consider the big picture. If you are communicating an issue that others disagree with, do not focus on persuading them over to your side, instead communicate to understand their side even if you do not agree. *If you come to a resolution, great; if not, great too… chances are you will at least learn something new about the topic or the person.
- Know when to stop – Knowing when to stop and simply listen, or even drop the issue altogether, is a major part of effective communication skills. You can talk about anything, but when you are not listening the conversation will lead you nowhere. *Make your points and listen to the points of others openly, honestly, and respectfully.
- Be clear. Be clear. Clarify – Never underestimate the power of clarifying what you say and what you hear. Just because you think you were clear does not always mean that the receiver has completely understood, and just because you think you understand does not mean you are clear on what was being said. As a rule of thumb always repeat back what was said to you in your own words, and encourage others to either do the same, or prompt them for their thoughts. This will allow you to find any gray areas that might have gotten confused and clarify immediately. *Think of the game ‘broken telephone’ – ideas can easily get lost in translation.*
- Practice – You cannot improve your communication if you are not communicating, so get out there and get started. Talk to people, question things, share ideas, and be honest with those around you. Before long you will learn what works and what doesn’t. If you stay aware of your words; what you are saying, why you are saying it , and how it is being said; and you are listening to others, as well as clarifying to fully understand, then you will be well on your way to possessing effective communication skills that will greatly simplify all aspects of your life and encounters.
Until Next Time…
Spread The Word!
Stress is a part of everyday life, and it can have a huge impact on your overall well-being. Stress can, and will, affect your mental and physical health and quickly deteriorate your level of happiness if you do not manage it effectively. Below are some helpful ideas to reduce daily stress and live a more peaceful life.
7 Helpful Tips to Reduce Daily Stress:
- Get Organized: If you are working with an organized home/office tasks will be easier and you will find that you accomplish more because you are less distracted and more focused on the task at hand.
- Prepare Beforehand: Pack lunches the night before, lay out or gather your clothes, and prep for meetings. When we prepare beforehand we tend to feel more confident and have less stress. This is especially true for parents or anyone that has a stressful morning routine. Being prepared for the day can start you off on a more positive note.
- Make Lists: Prioritize your tasks by making lists, but don’t over do it. Make simple daily or weekly goals list and keep track of all the things you need to accomplish; making sure to check them off as they are done. This is a great way to get organized, and helps you monitor your progress so you are able to clearly see your success.
- Be Clear: If you are unsure about something, ask. If you are asking something of someone, clarify. Being sure you fully understand what is being asked of you, or that others fully understand what you are asking of them helps reduce stress by lessening the chance for confusion. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if things seem unclear to you, and do not be afraid to clearly express what you need from others. Making a habit of clarifying will save you time and stress in the long-run.
- Focus on One Thing at a Time: Multitasking is a norm in the world today, but it can actually be counter productive and cause you even more stress. Instead, try to focus on one thing at a time and proceed only when you have done all that you can on each task. Doing things this way allows you to put more focus on each task, tends to reduce mistakes, and can lower your stress level. Sometimes doing five things at once becomes the source of your stress and overwhelms you to the point that nothing at all gets accomplished.
- Keep It Simple: Try to keep your life as simple as possible. Do not overwhelm yourself with commitments, and do not create unnecessary drama. If you have a family or close friends you can count on then try to delegate tasks when you find that you have too much on your plate. Don’t be afraid to say no when someone asks you to do something you don’t think you can handle. Too often we neglect our need to have free time by overworking or over committing to things that we probably should have turned down. Make sure that you have at least a few hours each work week to focus on yourself.
- Just Breathe: When all else fails just step back and breathe. It is completely acceptable to feel overwhelmed or stressed out. It is okay to want a break or time to relax. When feelings of stress begin to creep up on you take a few minutes to breathe and look at the issue from a fresh perspective. Take a walk, grab something to eat, or simply sit in silence until the feelings subside and you can once again focus. If you are faced with an overly stressful task then set it aside and complete something a little easier before going back to that specific project. Give yourself a break, and allow your body and mind to be at peace.
You will never be able to completely avoid stress in your daily life, but you can try to manage the effect that it has on you by being aware of your goals, needs, and emotions; and by making the choice to live a less stressful life.
Leave work at work, and home and home, so that your two separate lives affect each other a little less, and focus on simply doing the best you can. Remember, no one is perfect, and you can not do everything all at once. Do what works best for you and focus on what makes you feel good inside.
Until Next Time…