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Between Thanksgiving and January 1st is one of the busiest and most stressful times of the year for many people.

The holidays are upon us and typically that adds more things to our already full To Do lists.

In this month’s newsletter I wanted to share some things that will make the holiday season LESS stressful and more enjoyable!

Gift Cards

Give gift cards or gift certificates instead of buying people actual gifts. It’s so much easier to do. You can buy almost every conceivable gift card, in various amounts, at Walgreens, CVS, or your local supermarket. Gift cards give people more flexibility while actual gifts may end up being just more clutter in someone’s home.

Maybe someone you know could use a gift certificate from Organization Plus?

http://organizationplus.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/gift-certificate-order-form-11-2015.pdf

It’s OK to Just Say No

You don’t have to say yes to everyone. It’s perfectly fine to decline a request to help decorate at school, go to a holiday party that you really don’t want to go to anyway, or take time out of your already full schedule to take on another task. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for helping out when you can, it’s just that you have to be realistic about what you can do along with everything else you have to do this time of the year!

Plan Ahead

Planning is an important part of de-stressing over the holidays. The more you can plan ahead the less stress you’ll experience. ¬†Keep an easily accessible calendar and use it religiously! You’ll be amazed at how much stress it can relieve. Digital calendars like Google Calendar can even be shared with others and send you reminders! (http://calendar.google.com).

Prioritize

Pick 3 things to do everyday, only three. If you get those things done GREAT! Move to the next three things. That, or take the rest of the day off  Рmy favorite thing to do!

Delegate

Remember, you don’t have to do everything yourself! Ask family members to pitch in. Ask for help when you need it. You’ll be surprised at how others are willing and happy to help out.

Order Out

Don’t be a slave to your stove and kitchen! Order out! Most supermarkets have complete holiday meals that can be ordered ahead of time and picked up ready-to-go!

Make Time for #1 – YOU

If you’ve been following me for any amount of time you know that I’m a firm believer in making time for #1 – YOU. Block out a couple hours here and there each week for YOU time. Do something you can look forward to doing! It could be as simple as reading one of your favorite books. It could be a walk at the park or maybe going to the movies! Schedule this time in your calendar and make it a top priority!