Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Just wanted to share this great email that I received at work:
25 tips to beat holiday stress
If the thought of upcoming holidays fill you with dread, you're not alone.
Many people get stretched pretty thin this time of year by money and social obligations.
Here are 25 ways to keep your sleigh on track this season.
1.Set realistic expectations. Things aren't going to go perfectly and that's ok. You can't control every outcome, but you can prepare yourself mentally by visualizing your calm, positive response to negative events.
2.Get moving. It's not the chores, shopping, and Uncle Stanley's visit that's stressing you out – it's your anticipation of them! Act now by creating a to-do list, and tackle one or two items per week through the holidays.
3.Avoid the shotgun approach. You'll accomplish more by tackling one thing at time and giving it your full attention.
4.Budget your holiday expenditures. Set per person limits on gift giving and stick to them. Don't overlook special outlays for travel, decorations, food and entertainment.
5.Pay as you go. Charging your purchases may delay your bills, but knowing they're waiting for you in January increases stress.
6.Play to your strengths. Utilize what you have the most of – time, money, or creativity.
7.Pare down on gift giving. For extended family and social groups, suggest each person give just one gift by drawing names out of a hat.
8.Cut your costs. Give inexpensive but thoughtful gifts like homebaked goods or hand-made photo albums. Bundling several small items around a theme provides a low cost, personal touch.
9.Don't lose the meaning. If consumerism has you down, check out for awhile with inspirational literature and reconnect with what makes the holidays special and important.
10.Participate in reaffirming activities. Spend time at church and in your community with like-minded people.
11.Take some time off work. Don't cram all errands and shopping trips into the precious little time you have outside work hours. Avoiding the weekend crowds will allow you to get more done.
12.Do a solo power shopping event. Turbo charge your efficiency by avoiding distractions and competing agendas.
13.Take advantage of the internet. Find great unique and inexepsive gifts online. Most sites offer free shipping for the holidays.
14.Ask for help. If you're playing host, assign chores and duties to your spouse and children.
15.Cheer loves company. Combine household holiday prep with socializing. Ask some friends over for a baking and gift wrapping party.
16.Lighten your cooking duties. It's perfectly acceptable to cook a main course and ask dinner guests to bring a side.
17.Get on the same page with family. Come to a consensus on what activities are most important and cut out the extras that add work and scheduling pressure.
18.Recruit a child wrangler. Kids underfoot can add to the stress of big events. Designate one adult to organize games and fun activities in a confined space.
19.Avoid isolation. The holidays can be a depressing time for those who've lost loved ones. Get out of the house whenever possible and reconnect with old friends.
20.Help someone who needs you. Nothing melts away personal troubles like helping someone else overcome theirs.
21.Pass down wisdom and tradition. Instead of mourning the passing of better times, keep those memories alive by sharing them with the next generation.
22.Review your life priorities. Combat your hectic schedule by reassessing what matters the most to you.
23.Forgive someone. Let go of past resentments to make room for future happiness.
24.Make a gratitude list. Review it whenever you're feeling depressed, anxious, depressed or stressed out.
25.Take a time out. Indulge in things youstopped doing because you just don't have time for anymore like a long lunch or a night out with friends.
Source: 2008 EAPtools.com E090
Monday, December 01, 2008
We have the most unusual weather, it was +6 this morning at 5:30 when I went to work! We have no snow(it all melted) and winds that are blowing like crazy. It is supposed to start getting colder though and then we should start seeing some snow. As much as I'm loving not having to drive in the snow, we really do need the moisture.
Seven more days til our Kaeli is home. Count down is on! lol
So I've decided that the green color that I painted the powder room is just not working in that room. It has a very yellowy tinge to it. Maybe it's the lighting, which we will be changing or maybe is the fact that there is no window in the room. I'm thinking I'm going to get Q to change out the light fixture first on the weekend and then if I still don't like it, I'll paint it either the Harbor mist color we have on the other walls or I'll pick up the blue from my computer room and try that. Actually...I'll get Garry to paint it....as the fumes really get to me! Oh, is he ever going to be "pleased" with me! I'll have to make him a special supper!
Feeling more connected to my outer world today.
More books on hold for me at the library....yay, more reading! lol
Heard from Shirl and she and her family are coping.
My December "to do" list is made, now I've only got to start ticking off the dones!
My Spark family who motivate me to keep going. Thank you.
So many blessings in my day, from the brief smiles to the hugs and everything in between.
Have a wonderfully blessed evening,
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Thought this was a great picture indicating the Christmas season count down to getting things done!
Garry's Mom's birthday today...Happy Birthday!
We spent the day, slowly getting motivated to accomplish some chores around the house and building up to actually getting alot accomplished.
Garry is putting all new door trim and baseboards on in the hall way, I tackled the powder room and got it all painted. Will have to do more touch ups once we put in the new vanity and light fixture, but that is another day. So the bathroom has gone from an ugly purply pink color to a sage green color. Not really sage green, but close. With all the white fixtures and cupboards it should look pretty good. We went to Canadian Tire store to check out vanities and sinks, did find a super special on a new vanity light fixture....50% off and one left! Woo Hoo. Now I just have to rope Quin into installing if for me.
Spent some quiet time too. Working on some inner spirit things. Feeling a bit more rested and ready to connect with the world again. Yay me!
Took some time to focus inward.
Got the powder room painted, soon it will be put back together when the paint has cured some.
Garry making great progress on all the trim work in the hallway.
A super sale on a new light fixture for the powder room.
Although we didn't do any of the Christmas decorating that we had planned for this weekend, I'm okay with that. We'll get it handled over the next few days.
Check out the new challenged for next week and don't forget to share your positives with the rest of us.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I haven't blogged for the past couple of days, instead I've been listening to my body and getting some much needed rest. It's been a tough week at work and I've been pushing myself to accomplish what needed to be done. As a result, I've been very tired. The past couple of nights I've just listened to what my body wanted and that was sleep! This morning I was supposed to go to my Yoga class, but woke up late and decided...nope, I'm not going to start my day off by rushing to get somewhere. Instead, I'll just spend some time catching up on SP.
This afternoon, Shy and I are heading into the city to attend a big craft sale. I've never been to this one before and we are looking forward to going, possibly buying something or at the very least getting some good ideas to create our own.
My work week is finally over!
A craft sale to go to today.
Got some much needed sleep.
Talked to Kaeli on the phone and her parcel that I sent Sept 29 finally arrived.
Even though I'm not going to Yoga this morning, I will get some exercise with walking today.
I have a new day to create and learn in.
God who loves me unconditionally.
Have a wonderfully blessed Silly Saturday.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Wishing all of you a Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your time with family and friends, rejoice over all the blessings that you have.
Friends who seem to always know just what I need. Thank you.
Having assistance with dealing with a difficult situation at work.
Opportunity to relax tonight and enjoy just being.
God in my life, who gives me strength and helps me to be all that He created me to be.
Although I'm very tired tonight, I know that it is just a result of mental stress from the day and that with God's leading I am letting it go and He is taking care of it.
Have an absolutely wonderful evening, keep on smiling and enjoying life.
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