I absolutely love the holiday season but each year, there is always a point where I just get extremely overwhelmed by everything I want to get done. See, I’m not a normal person that just goes to the store to buy Christmas cards. I make them. I do it because it’s fun and I like giving people something personal for the holidays. However, in NYC, there just isn’t time to dedicate to this.

Or the blanket I want to crochet.

Or the scarves I want to knit for our Packers game. Note: that’s four scarves. Eesh.

Christmas is less than two weeks away and while most of my shopping is, I’m starting to get stressed. Which seems ridiculous… its the holidays, the best time of year, and I’m stressed?! I don’t think this is weird since most people seem to be stretched thin this time of year.

My tips:

  • Prioritize your to-do list. As much as I hated doing it, I skipped my run this morning and got up early to work on my cards. I know this is justifying people’s claim that “there’s no time to workout.” However, the reason I was able to skip my run as I have a “floating” rest day that usually lands on Friday. So now I’ll be running tomorrow. So it’s more of a postponed run.
  • Make sure you exercise! No matter how busy you are, make time for exercise. Now you’re probably calling me out since my first bullet I said that I skipped my run for today. However, I will be getting this run in… just not today. Some days may be too crazy for workout — i.e., work all day, holiday party in the evening. Accept that and leverage the days you do have available as much as possible.
  • Don’t take it all on. This is my worst quality ever. I like to be busy so usually I have 5,608 things going on in my life. But at some points — like right now — I am stressed and feel like I’m going to explode if I don’t get something done. When you prioritize your to-do list, think of things that you could do without. Do you really need to make three batches of cookies for work because you always have?
  • Remember it is what it is! This is the best mantra ever, one that C taught me and my sister. Instead of whining and complaining, just accept that it is what it is and can’t be changed. So if I don’t get all of my projects finished before Christmas, well, think of it as a lesson learned.



Do you get overwhelmed during the holidays? What are your tips for staying sane? 

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