Stressin’ with the Holiday to do lists…

Stressin’ with the Holiday to do lists…

The month of December has not been an enjoyable one for me for such a long time I can’t even remember.
The list of things to do – gifts to purchase, spending too much money, the decorating, year end and inventory at work. The weather (not fond of the snow or the temperature), the traveling, the family visits (always too short or too long). Never enough time to see those you want to see.
I am no different than most people with the long list of things to accomplish before Christmas.
They too have the same long lists of things that need to be done. The running, the shopping, the (my mind starts reeling just thinking about it).
I started looking online today researching more fibro sites. Just hoping for that one piece of print that would jump out at me in an ah-ha moment. The “wow” – why didn’t I think of that. Instead of finding bits of wisdom to ease the long list of to do’s and the stresses that go along with it, I found myself thinking of more things that I should get done.
I did read one article that stated that a way to help decrease the stress of the holidays. It stated create lists, wear comfortable clothing, go early, do online shopping (I DO ALL MINE ONLINE), keep your sleeping, eating and medication schedule on track.
It wasn’t the mind blowing information I was looking to read. I already do those things. But I did stumble across a few other title of articles. They were such wonderful ideas. It was to make a list things “to not do” and list of things “that I enjoy doing”.
What a concept – that there would actually be a reason to have a list of things to not do. It’s suggestions were to not allow yourself to get in over your head with volunteering etc. SHHH.. don’t let that one get out to my friends and family. I am not sure I can follow it. But.. it obviously wasn’t the only thing to not do. It makes a lot of sense. It made just as much sense to write a list of reminder things that I like to do or things that make me feel better.
I wonder what list will remind me to look at either one of those lists when I am in need of them.
So this week – during all of the emotional roller-coasters of the holiday countdown, appointments, the running, the creating and the completing of the endless lists at home, girl scouts and at work – I am going to create a new list. I am going to start with the positive list. This in itself is a change for me. I will begin by making a list of things that I enjoy doing.
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