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Posted on December 5, 2018

Stress Free Holidays Part 2

Holidays / Special Days

Welcome to Part 2 of Stress Free Holidays! If you missed the first part on Monday, click here.

Stress Free Holidays Part 2

None of us want to look like this sweet lady! I know I can easily get caught up in the holiday “hustle and bustle” so these tips are a great reminder for me, too!

Part 2 tips, 6-10:

Tip #6: Remember what the holidays are really about – spending time with family and friends! Perhaps you might start a new tradition of volunteering at a local food bank or soup kitchen with  family members. Most of us are blessed with so much and when we can do things to serve and cheer others, we are the ones who really benefit!

Tip #7: This tip is actually a way to “de-stress” someone else's holiday. Most of us know a young mom who might enjoy shopping (or maybe even a warm bath with a good book!) without the kids. Why not give her a call and offer complimentary kid sitting services?

Tip #8: Take care of YOU! Most of us wear ourselves out bustling around, giving to others. We forget that if we aren't feeling well physically and mentally that can truly affect those around us in a less than positive way. Make it a priority to give yourself some “down time”!

Tip #9: Ask for help! You don't have to be Martha Stewart OR Martha of Mary and Martha in the Bible. Delegate! You don't have to cook everything and make your home spotless all on your own!

Tip #10: GRATITUDE! Especially at this time of the year, we should spend more time counting our blessings, remembering what we have instead of worrying about what we don't. Instead of “Keeping up with the Jones's,” take a minute to appreciate the simple joys of love, family, friends, good health, etc.

I hope my tips gave you some good suggestions and, perhaps brought a smile or two as you read through the list! If there is anything I can do to help you have a stress free holiday, please give me a shout!


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Posted on December 3, 2018

Stress Free Holidays

Holidays / Special Days

Hey Stampers! If you're like I am, you are always looking for ways to take some of the “stress” out of the holidays and return some ho-ho-ho, instead of OH NO! Today I'll share 5 tips and then follow up with 5 more on Wednesday!Stress Free Holidays

Tip #1: Shop Online! Shopping malls can be absolutely craazzy this time of year! To avoid this, try to shop online. You'll save energy and frustration and you'll be able to get everything wrapped in plenty of time! If for some reason your “perfect gift” is out of stock, at least you'll know it's coming and you can think of a clever way to wrap up a picture or representation of the gift to give the recipient.

Tip #2:  Ship items directly to your gift recipients. If you have friends on the other side of the U.S.  or perhaps in another country, or even if you’re planning on buying gifts online for someone near you, try shipping the item directly to your recipient's address! Many websites even let you to ship items with gift wrapping and an individualized message!

Tip #3:  Plan in advance how you'll be getting home from your holiday celebrations! To make sure you and your friends stay safe,  plan out ahead of time how you will all get home that night, whether it be by designated driver, taxi, or ride-sharing services like Lyft or Uber. If you know that you and your friends will be getting home safely, you can celebrate stress-free!

Tip #4: Plan in some “down time” and enjoy a cup of herbal tea! AND maybe a sweet treat or two(sugar fuels the body you know!) to keep your computer typing strength in good order! 🙂

Tip#5:  If you are traveling to visit friends and/or family, arrange to travel at non-peak times if possible. Take the red eye flight when lines will be shorter and getting through security will be easier. If you’re driving, don’t hit the highway right at rush hour if you can avoid it. Also, some major highways choose the middle of the night to work on construction projects, so use traffic apps to anticipate any bumper to bumper construction traffic and take alternative routes to get you to your destination without avoidable delays.

Pop back in on Wednesday when I'll share 5 more tips!



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