Tips: Manage stress in the last stretch to year-end/holidays

Sigh. Catch my breath. Running, racing….doing, doing, doing. It’s the final stretch of the year….and just a week and half or so to the holidays.  Lots to do. Thought I’d share some tips and ideas from my experience in navigating the demands of this busy, busy season.

1) Time to Triage (when prioritization just isn’t going to cut it): Prioritization may work during the regular course of the year but at this time of the year everything is AMPLIFIED! Learn lessons from folks who work in emergency rooms. While everything might seem like a priority – you don’t have the luxury to address and do everything at once. So be extra diligent in discerning what must be done first and what truly needs to call your attention right now.

2) Save your brain cells (and energy) and write it down! It takes a lot of energy and focus to keep everything you need to do in your head.  Write it down. Keep a list with you…and save your brain cells to focus on what you really need to focus on.

3) Learn to say “No”. With so many requests and demands this time of the year, it seems impossible to say yes to everything. This is another way to practise your ‘triage’ strategy. Say yes when you truly must or want to — but discern and learn to say no when and where you can. For future reference on this topic (when you come up for air) — see the article I wrote in October (“Are You Addicted to the Yes Habit“).

4) Save Some of the Fun for January/February: Everyone tries to squeeze in the celebrations and get-togethers in December. How about saving some fun for the Jan/Feb blahs? I do this with one of my clients whom I work with regularly (a team of great folks). We plan our ‘December’ lunch for after the holidays in January when everyone can truly enjoy themselves instead of feeling like it’s just one more of the gazillion holiday events squeezing the calendars. Besides, we all need a little something in the new year to beat the January and February blahs. 

5) Take Care of Yourself! With all the running around and extra stress, who needs to get sick? This is the time to self nurture and ensure you are doing all you can to prevent getting run down. Eat well, sleep well, dress warm! Whatever it takes…

6) Be Mindful of Your Attitude. This is just as important as the other ideas above. For more on this, see the post I wrote on Sunday: “T’is the Season of Rush

If you have any tips of your own – pls write and share! 

In the meantime – tnx for stopping by. Means a lot to me this time of year when we are all so time-crunched.

To a TGIM worklife and happy holiday season!

Eileen

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3 Responses to “Tips: Manage stress in the last stretch to year-end/holidays”

  1. Joseph Thornley Says:

    Great advice to live by! Thanks Eileen.

  2. Anita Bruzzese Says:

    How about keep it simple? Focus on the top three things that are really important to you. Anything else you leave out won’t be missed by anyone else…including you.
    Anita Bruzzese
    http://www.45things.com

  3. Eileen Chadnick Says:

    Great advice — Thanks Anita!

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