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When I walked into the store yesterday I heard it.
Then I saw it.
Candy canes, red and green M & M’s, twinkly lights….
My instant response? Stress. My blood pressure went up, my head started pounding.
THERE ARE ONLY 50 DAYS LEFT UNTIL CHRISTMAS, Y’ALL!
Ok, stepping back from the ledge and taking a deep breath.
I know that I am not the only one who gets caught up in the stress of the season. I think we all feel it at one point or another during this time of year. Before I go too far over the edge, I thought I would try and find a few little things to help keep me calm and provide some comfort during this crazy season.
1) Coffee. Or tea. (You knew it was coming didn’t you) Making a cuppa-cuppa and slowly savoring it is one of my biggest comforts. Even if it means I have to hide in the bathroom and turn on the faucet so I can’t hear the kids and dog. Even 5 minutes of uninterrupted coffee/tea drinking can make my whole day more bearable.
2) Hiding in the car. Yes, this season is stressful and it is unavoidable that we are all rushing to hither and yon. When you hit the mall and (finally) find a parking spot, turn up your radio and take 5 minutes to sing along with your favorite tunes. Out loud. Lose yourself in the music. I always feel refreshed and ready to take on the mall after that.
3) Bake. Not because you have to, but because you want to. And don’t give it to anyone. During this busy season, you deserve the small comfort of cookies fresh from the oven. Might I suggest hiding them from the rest of the household by placing them in a “Fiber-O’s” cereal box?
4) Try to get a good nights sleep. Those of us with small children may feel as if that is a far off dream…but there are a few things we can do to make the little bit of sleep we DO get more restful. Keep your bedroom cool, quiet and dark. Limit caffeine in the evening. Make sure the pillows you are sleeping on are the right ones for your sleep style. (Side, back or tummy.)
5) Laugh! Loud and often.
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