Buy the presents. Family in town. Decorate the house. Attend parties. Grocery Shop. Wrap the gifts. Visit the in-laws. Battle the traffic. Work. Look for a parking spot. Kids Holiday Music Festival. Stress. Stress. Stress.


Now more than ever, the stress starts to build up. The anxiety about all the things that you have to do for the holidays is looming. So what’s your plan to manage that stress level over the next two months? What? You don’t have a plan? Think back to how you felt last year when this time rolled around. Did you feel out of control? Could you have enjoyed your time with family and friends even more?

The simplest and most important thing you can do is have a written plan and a schedule/calendar. By writing down & prioritizing the things you need to do, in advance, you’ll feel organized, efficient and reduce that feeling of being overwhelmed. Incorporate into your daily/weekly plan, activities that reduce stress such as eating healthy, exercising & building routine “me-time”. “Me-time” can be defined as anything that you enjoy that helps you to relax. It could be reading a book, taking a nap, meditating, getting your nails done or a massage!

Often, people believe & feel that “me-time” is a luxury; there isn’t enough time or money for it. Believe it or not, when you build “me-time” into a daily & weekly routine, you become more efficient, more productive, happier & healthier. Your approach to the holidays is more positive and the stress you will face over the next couple of months will be more manageable! The return on investment (ROI) is well worth the investment.

Take a moment right now, while you’re reading this, to create a plan and build into your daily routine, even a few minutes of “me-time”. It doesn’t take a lot to ease the stress & pressure of the day. Block that time out of your schedule and make it a non-negotiable. That means, if something comes up or someone asks you to do something during that blocked out time, you say “no” OR “I can at a later time”. Trust me, you’ll be happier, less stressed and will approach the holidays with new-found positive perspective!

If you need additional support or ideas on how to reduce stress, from our professional wellness coaches, please call 888-7-LAUNCH and schedule an appointment today!