Where did this year go?

It is hard to believe that we are already three-quarters of the way through the year! We know what that means, right? That is correct – the holiday season is only a few short weeks away. To alleviate some of the stress that is inherent with too much to do and too little time, start early. The more you do now, the less you have to worry about then, and less worry equates to less stress.

My goal as a professional organizer is to transform lives and living environments into peaceful places, and this is particularly important during the holidays. I want you to truly “In-Joy” the holidays this year and in the years to come.

Below are tips that may make your holidays a little less stressed so that you can be more “present” to yourself and to others. I encourage you to decide this year to control your environment versus allowing your environment to control you.

5-Tips to Help You “In-Joy” the Holidays

  1. Identify what is most important to you. What is your vision of the true spirit of the season? Make decisions this season that are in alignment with that vision.
  2. Be realistic about your finances. Love is not measured by price tags and the number of gifts under the tree. Stay within your budget and do not overextend yourself by impulse buying.
  3. If you are stressed out due to family dynamics or social situations, try to reframe your thinking. You cannot control others but you CAN control your reaction to others. If there are toxic people in your life that you cannot avoid, limit your interactions and time with them.
  4. Create your own traditions. If you are pulled in too many directions with extended family obligations, consider lovingly advising those who demand your time that you are starting your own family traditions this year and invite them to participate, if you so choose.
  5. This is your holiday, too. Limit stress by planning ahead. Implement effective time management techniques. Ask for help. Simplify gift giving. Do not over commit. Remember the reason for the season.

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