December 15, 2019

Surviving the Holiday’s…A Few Tips!

Posted in Holidays tagged , , , , , , , , at 1:00 pm by JBEvents

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I think we can all agree that the Holiday’s, although a joyous time, can also be one of the most stressful times of the year.  We are rushing around and trying to get that “perfect” gift for everyone, trying to bake all of the yummy holiday treats, decorating, entertaining and even hosting guests in our home.  All of that is in addition to your daily tasks which already leave you tired, stressed and rushed.  It’s easy to start feeling like time and money are getting away from you.  It’s also a time of year when everyone should be a little more kind and gentle, but it seems like just the opposite happens.  Tempers flare, anxiety heightens, and for many people this is a time of deep depression.

So what can you do to maintain your sanity and enjoy this special time of the year?  Here are a few tips that will hopefully help you.

  1. Be realistic. The holidays don’t have to be perfect.  You don’t have to have the most decorated house in the neighborhood, throw the best party, give the most gifts, or bake the most cookies.  Sometimes, less can be best.  Determine what activities bring you the most joy, and focus on those.
  2. Set aside differences. Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don’t live up to all of your expectations. Set aside grievances until a more appropriate time for discussion. And be understanding if others get upset or distressed when something goes awry. Chances are they’re feeling the effects of holiday stress and depression, too.
  3. Stick to a budget. Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend. Then stick to your budget. Don’t try to buy happiness with an avalanche of gifts.
  4. Plan ahead. Set aside specific days for shopping, baking, visiting friends and other activities. Plan your menus and then make your shopping list. That’ll help prevent last-minute scrambling to buy forgotten ingredients. And make sure to line up help for party prep and cleanup.
  5. Learn to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Friends and colleagues will understand if you can’t participate in every project or activity.
  6. Don’t abandon healthy habits. Don’t let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt. Moderation is key – enjoy those tasty treats, but don’t go overboard.  Get exercise – even if it’s just walking an extra lap around the store, or even better outside to get some fresh air. 
  7. Take a “ME” moment. Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm.
  8. Like the song says, Count your Blessings instead of Sheep.  To overcome holiday depression and anxiety, think about the parts of your life that are going well. It can be helpful to list your blessings. When people are stressed and depressed, they tend to focus on the negative things in their lives rather than counting their blessings. There is always something to be thankful for.  I have found that writing down things you are thankful for is a great exercise, because forcing yourself to think of positive things when you are feeling down leads to improving the negative feelings that can consume you.

I hope these tips will help you enjoy the rest of this wonderful season.  My desire for you is that your stress level will decrease and your joy increase, as this truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas / Happy Hanukkah!

Janice Blackmon Events is an award-winning special event planning company, specializing in creating unique, flawless and fabulous events!  

Credit to Mayo Clinic and psycom for information contained in this post.

December 21, 2011

Holiday’s and Stress

Posted in Other Events, Planning Tips and Information tagged , , , , , , , at 12:02 pm by JBEvents






Ten holiday stress busters

So many gifts to wrap; So many parties to attend; So many cards to send!

Are the holidays stressing you out? Well, join the club! Few of us escape holiday time without feeling:

  1. Panic
  2. Overwhelmed
  3. The blues
  4. All of the above!

And it doesn’t help one bit when you turn on the TV and there’s someone smiling happily, hosting “the perfect” holiday party.

So here are 10 tips to help you survive the holidays.

  • Throw away the word “perfect.” We are all human beings trying to do our best. There is no such thing as “perfect” when it comes to this time of year.
  • Try to do less this year, not more. What is one task you can remove from your “to do” list?
  • Do a “small” good deed. It’s amazing what it can do to lift your mood. Call that elderly aunt in California. Baby sit for the young mother across the street.
  • Say “no.” That’s a tough one. Start with a list. Decide what events are important to you. And let the rest go.
  • Try not to worry about things out of your control. Uncle Bob always talks too much. Those mail-order gifts might not arrive in time. The world will go on.
  • Shake a leg! Hit the gym. Take a walk. Ride your bike. Exercise helps relieve stress and chase away the blues.
  •  Get more zzzzzz’s. Sleep? Did someone say sleep? Yes, it’s extra important this time of year. Burning that (festive green and red) candle at both ends is a guaranteed way to let stress and the blues win.
  •  Laugh off mini-disasters. OK, so the dog just ate the shrimp dip. Think how many calories he’s just saved you from!
  • Forgive yourself. Forgive others. It’s not the time of year to settle old scores. No matter how much you want to tell off your (you fill in the blank).
  • Hugs help!

Hopefully these tips will help you reduce your stress during the Holiday’s.  One other way to always ease the stress when planning any type of special event, is to contact Janice Blackmon Events and let us take the stress away by providing our exceptional service that ends with a flawless event allowing YOU to enjoy the special occasion along with your other guests!

Dates are quickly filling up for 2012, so don’t delay and run the risk of creating STRESS because we aren’t available for YOUR date! 

Happy Holiday’s from all of the Janice Blackmon Events Team!


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