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Holiday Stress Tips

Celebrate Definition Button by Stuart Miles at Freedigitalphotos.netStress Reducing and Organizing Tips for the Holiday Season

Do you find yourself not looking forward to some holidays?  Do you wish you had more time?  Do the holidays overwhelm you?  We have tips to help you get more organize, reduce your stress, and connect to a more joyous season.  Tune into for your tips, click here for the radio link.

And isn't the holiday season about JOY in the first place?  There are many things that can derail us at the end of the year, finances and over spending, shopping, 'Keeping up with the Jone's', the weather, long lines, weight gain, traveling, and even feeling obligated to attend social parties for work, family or the community.

Plan ahead to change how your holiday season will go.  Click here for another article planning for the holidays.  Make a list now to help you prepare for next year.

Click on the recording below to listen now.

Did you know that the thing that stresses most people out - the top of the list is......

They have to pretend to be happy.

Step #1  What is your wish list for celebrating the holidays?  Do you find yourself disappointed when the holidays don't turn out like you want?

True story.... my husband and kids had no idea about my expectations for Mother's Day.  So they never quit turned out like I wanted.  I expected breakfast in bed and that never crossed his mind and the kids were very little.  Once I shared my expectations, he was happy to meet my expectation.  I'm sure many of you can relate.

Your partner was raised by different people with a different view of life.  If you never share your expectations or wishes, they wont know because most people are not great mind readers.

Make a clear decision about what you want.  It does take away a lot of stress.  Decide how you will spend your time and resources.

Step #2 Evaluate last year.  What did you LOVE and what did you just hate?  What new traditions do you want to create or what did you dread?  I use a Christmas notebook to help plan and evaluate.

Step #3 Why do you want to change?  What do you want to change?  What is 1 small change that you can do to bring a lot more peace and happiness?KISS

Step #4 KISS Keep it simple and keep it special.  If you learn the KISS rule, it is like a magic wand to help you transform the holidays.  KISS = Keep It Simple and Special.

Step #5 Plan ahead and budget. It will help you spend less and you'll be able to clearly see where you need to cut back.  A budget really makes a difference especially if you plan ahead and save.  Setting aside money each money to celebrate holidays, special occasions and birthdays helps with the shock of it all at once and it makes it easier to follow your plans.

We even provide a service at our store to help shoppers - especially grandparents.  You provide a budget and a list of people your shopping for and we stay in your budget and pick out wonderful gifts items for you.  For many this helps with planning and budgeting.

Our absolutely favorite budget tool is called YNAB, You Need A Budget. Click here for a link with a discount if you want, or try a free trial.  I consider myself to be good at budgeting, and I absolutely love this software.

Step #6 Prioritize.  What is most important to you?  When your planning and budgeting, it is important to know what is most important.  Who is most important for spending your time and resources with?
holiday shopper with gifts caminoel by freedigitalphotos.netStep #7 Enjoy each and everyday now that you have a plan.  Don't forget that during the December holidays and many other celebrations, JOY is the reason we are celebrating.

Step #8 Take care of your health.  After Halloween there is a noticeable rise in sickness.  One reason for that is all the extra candy and junk food.  So don't completely step away from all your good habits.  Enjoy the celebrations, but don't make it a season of just eating terribly.  Try to maintain some good habits and you'll enjoy the holidays more.  There is nothing worse than feeling sick when everyone is getting together for a celebration.

Follow the simple basics.

  • Drink your water.
  • Keep eating the good, healthy foods.
  • If you want the treats, counter balance that with your healthy balanced meals.
  • Keep exercising.  It boosts moods and helps improve your immune system.  Walking has a tranquilizing effect on the brain and can help with anxiety and sleep.
  • Get your rest.  It is normal to want to sleep longer in the winter, that is the natural rhythm of the body.
  • Laugh and have fun.
  • Check out our boards on Pinterest.  We have saved some healthy dessert ideas.
  • Take your vitamins and use essential oils to help prevent sickness.  For sure take your vitamins all winter.
  • Boost your mood with Vitamin D from sunlight or take a supplement if needed.  Our favorite is Cod Liver Oil with Butter oil.
  • Avoid over-eating.  Make smaller meals, prepare your favorites over several days instead of trying to eat it all in 1 day.

Step #9 Wrap up and repeat.  Get rid of clutter and broken decorations.  Make notes of what went well.  Start the plan for next year.

Ideas and Tips

  • Hand out non-candy surprises for Halloween.
  • Before Trick or Treating or other Celebrations involving lots of desserts eat well.
  • Bring your own dessert to events.
  • Make sure you have had your protein needs met before a gathering, you'll have less cravings.
  • Brink a good cup of herbal tea to drink at events or bring tea bags with your choice of sweetener like stevia.
  • Spend more time away from technology, the phone, email and Facebook.  Spend time with real people enjoying the sights, smells and sounds of the holidays and special celebrations.
  • Use citrus essential oils or others that you enjoy to boost your mood.

Do less and enJOY more.

Kally and Mark for webDon't forget to laugh and have a good time.

If you want more tips and stories, tune into the radio show.

Enjoy your holidays and your celebrations.

Mark and Kally

Photo credits:  Stuart Miles, caminoel at Freedigitalphotos.nes

Stress Less This Season and Enjoy Some Delicious Herbal Tea

I've got two great radio programs to share with you and they are actually related, for me anyway.  When I sit and enjoy a delicious cup of herbal tea, I relax and unwind a bit and the stress melts away or at least I don't think about the things causing stress for a few minutes while I enjoy my tea.

Female Wearing Christmas Hat by imagerymajestic at Freedigitalphotos.netThe first show broadcast on October 22, 2014 - "Stress Less During the Holidays".

For many the holidays mean sickness, stress, depression and lots of busyness.  We've got 10 tips to help you stress less, so take a listen.

Fall kicks off the holiday season helping us transition to the busyness that can dominate this time of the year.  Fall is a time to let go and clear out the clutter and negativity.

If you find yourself dreading the whirlwind of the last quarter, then tune in with us and learn how you can make the most of fall and the holiday season.

One of my keys is from KISS - Keep IT Simple and Special for the holiday and all year really.  You don't have to be brilliant, super crafty, witty, or any other trait you see shared all over the media and internet.  You just need to be you, and you are special just as you are.  Share the good times and moments with those you care about.

If you want to read more about managing stress during the holidays, check out my article on Your True Colours Magazine, page 37.

Chinese Style Herbal Floral Tea by KEKO64The second show aired on November 5, 2014 - "All About Herbal Tea or Rather Herbal Infusions"

Personally, I love sipping on herbal infusion, especially as the weather cools down.  In fact as I'm updating the blog - I'm drink a nice warm cup write now.

Many people think they don’t like herbal tea/infusions, but they have probably not enjoyed a good cup.  Tune in and learn all about the traditions of tea, types of tea and how to get a good cup.  There is nothing I love more than visiting a friend in the afternoon and enjoying good conversation, relaxation and a delicious cup of herbal tea.

Find out which tea has more antioxidants than green tea, making it the super star of tea without caffeine..... I'll give you  a hint, it comes from South America.

And, by the way, herbal tea is really an herbal infusion.  Green tea is really green tea infusion.  Join us and find out why.

Kally and MarkMark and Kally on the Get Real! with Mark and Kally show on Your True Colours Image Radio.

 

Photos by imagerymajestic and KEKO64 at Freedigitalphotos.net

Plan Ahead for Holiday Stress Relief Tips, Holiday Stress Management, Christmas Gift Ideas

A recent Mattel survey finds that parents experience holiday stress and will spend a full business day Christmas shopping for each child.   Are you still recovering from over spending last Christmas or holiday season?   Are you looking for ways to avoid holiday stress?   We've got some great holiday stress relief tips for you to help you find your way to a more joyful and relaxed holiday season.  

There was a time I had my holiday and Christmas shopping done in October, and holiday cards with pictures were sent to friends and family.  Then life got busier and then I couldn't remember what I had bought and where I put it.  Every year seemed to get a little bit worse.  Seriously, I moved once and found Christmas presents that I never gave - they were hidden and I forgot about them.

So here is what I've learned over the years.

  1. Have a Christmas budget.  Start saving all year.  If you earn some extra cash that you want to use for Christmas, add it to this fund.  I set up a savings account just for holidays and birthdays.  Check out this link for a Holiday Planner.  It is awesome.  If you don't have a holiday budget, no worries - start now.  What can you contribute for September through December.   Don't go into debt to pay for Christmas and don't use January funds to pay off December holiday spending.  Do what you can now to cover your holiday spending.   Seriously this really helps holiday stress management.
    • Avoid overspending during the holidays.  This will cut down on the stress and you will enjoy the season so much more.  When all is said and done the amount of money spent on holiday preparations and gifts pale in comparison to the joy of spending time together.  
  2. Plan Ahead - this will save you time and money.  When you shop intentionally, you save money.  Waiting until the last minute you will buy what you can get your hands on and impulsively.  Another great way to help you with managing your holiday stress.
  3. Make lists.  Write down all the people you want to shop for.  And guess what?  There are apps for this and spreadsheets and so many tools out there to help you get more organized for Christmas.  You don't have to re-invent the wheel.  Your lists should include who you want to shop for, what you want to get done during the holidays, and how you want to celebrate.
  4. Gifts - If you start now thinking of ideas you'll have a better chance at getting the right gifts.  Many retailers put things on sale now.  Watch what people say and are interested for clues as to what to get them.  Write it down - generate ideas.  Talk to their friends.  You'll be amazed at what a little observation will tell you.  If you find that perfect gift - don't wait until December to get it.   Carry your list around with you and write down your ideas.  You never know where that great Christmas gift idea will come from.
    • When planning for this holiday season, you'll naturally generate ideas for next year.  And on December 26th you can start shopping then.
    • Themed gift ideas are nice ideas too.  For example if they have an interest in art, then each gift can have something in common.  
    • Also themed from year to year.  I once won a bet with my father that I could solve a Rubik's Cube in less than 10 minutes.  Well that was the fall.  Guess what I got for Christmas that year - that's right another Rubik's Cube variation.  And every year after that I got another more challenging puzzle to solve.  It kept that memory of winning a bet against my father alive and  not only did I get a cool gift - I got to experience that feeling of winning each year.  My parents had an easy gift lined up for me each year.  I don't remember too many of the gifts I got growing up, but I do remember and will always remember those.  
    • We gave my father-in-law silly dancing figurines.  Well he loved the first one so much, that all during the next year we hunted down another goofy and majorly silly dancing objects and had so much fun doing that - and he really looked forward to what we were going to find.
    • Remember your budget with gifts.  Sometimes money is tight - that is just a reality.  For a special gift one year, we didn't have the money so we made a jar of quotes and memories.  The whole family had a blast doing this.  We typed them up and put them in a decorated jar and gave them to the special person.  They loved it and each day they get to experience that gift over and over.  You can't put a price on that kind of value.  
    • Mark's mother one year gave us a collection of family stories like one that we found out his great grand-father was kidnapped by Indians and had to be traded for blankets and sugar.  We had so much fun that Christmas reading stories.   My father recorded himself reading books to my kids.  They loved that!  They got to listen to papa - who lived far away - reading bed time stories.  My mother made me a small quilted blanket for my dolls from old scraps of material.  It is still one of my treasured items.
    • Wrap gifts as you buy them or plan a night to wrap gifts.  We started planning a night a week before Christmas that we watched a movie we had already seen (so we didn't have to pay attention to closely) and made a fun night of wrapping - no stress as Christmas was still a week away.  I spent too many years being awake all night trying to figure out how to assemble something or ran out of wrapping paper or whatever and then getting 2 hours of sleep.  
  5. Make a list of what you want to get done during the holidays - and be realistic.  Do you want to send out Christmas cards?  Go on vacation?  Decorate your house?  There are no rules - it is just up to you.
  6. Now that you have a list - get help from those around you.
  7. Some of the greatest advise I got - 'Have a cut off point'.  You have to decide when you will stop preparing and start celebrating.  Stick to it.  
  8. How do you want to celebrate Christmas and the holidays?  This is real important and it is totally up to you.  Imagine right now how you want to feel on that special day no matter what holiday your celebrating.  Who do you want around you?  Really connect to that feeling.  Is is joy?  Is it excitement?  Is it peace?  Whatever it is - write that down.  Describe your day.  Right that down.   Now start working on your lists.  Do the 2 add up?  Do you lists look like they will take you to the description of that day?  If not spend some time fixing that.
    • Create memories and traditions
    • Do something out of the ordinary and different.  It will keep everyone talking about it all year.

No one said you had to bake, send cards, make homemade gifts, decorate your house, and all that jazz.   So if you don't want to or don't have time, then don't.  One year we moved right on Thanksgiving.  We had to settle and eat in a hotel for Thanksgiving dinner I didn't have a house.  I was disappointed at first.  Turned out - it was one of the best Thanksgiving days ever.  No stress - no baking - just family time and enjoying our new community.  Take some control back with these simple holiday stress management ideas.  

So start now planning ahead just a little at a time.   You'll be so glad you did.  Remember step #8 - think about your special day and you'll get there.  Plan ahead using these holiday stress relief tips for a more peaceful and relaxing season.

One of the reasons we opened Indigo Mountain:  Wellness, Toys & Gifts was to help others enjoy Christmas and Holiday shopping a little more.  We had a hard time finding good gifts for our kids and wanted to open a toy store that had just what we were looking for.  So now we have our own specialty toy store.  If you don't want to spend 8 hours or more shopping for each kid on your list, contact us.  Whether you come in person to our store or call us over the phone, Mark is our Toymaster and he can help rescue you.  He'll help you with a budget and go through what we have available in our store and through all our catalog sources.  We have kids of all ages, 7 of them now aged 25 to 9 years old with 4 boys and 3 girls.  We've got you covered. Your shopping advice and help is FREE.  So take advantage of the unique shopping experience only an experienced dad and toymaster can offer.  You can also schedule some time with Kally for your personal coaching session for managing holiday stress.  Many have and are very happily planning for the holidays this year.

Connect with me on Facebook and let me know how you are doing.  Leave a comment below if you have a super duper holiday stress relief tip or a great way you plan on managing holiday stress. 

Joyfully - 

Kally and Mark

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