Manage Overwhelm through the Holidays and All Year Long
by Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton
Is it the most wonderful time of the year, or the most overwhelming? Managing overwhelm during the holidays can be difficult. As much as I love the holidays, they can come with their own frustrations. With all the chaos that can ensue, it is so important to manage the aspects of our lives that can easily overwhelm us. With a few simple steps, you can effectively manage overwhelm throughout the holidays and all year long.
One of the most successful tools for managing overwhelm is a list. Whether it’s a pen and paper or notepad on your phone, it keeps you from forgetting things throughout your day. But no list would be complete without a bit of prioritizing! Organize your list with the most important tasks at the top and you’ll know what to dedicate your time to first.
Make a Schedule
A schedule is key to avoiding overwhelm. Predictability reduces stress, and routine is reassuring throughout the day. Do things like set out clothes the night before to avoid a scramble in the morning, and create a clearly marked calendar to visualize tasks.
Establish designated spaces for household items. Anything ranging from kitchenware, to shoes, to mail can all have their place, and colors make it super easy! Color code important paperwork or receipts, especially for the holidays, to make sure everything can easily be found later. You’ll also want to avoid the dreaded miscellaneous tab, as that can too easily become a junk drawer or catch all.
A clutter free home is a clutter free mind, and it reduces the potential of overwhelm in your life. If you don’t need or use it, there’s no reason to keep it. With it being the season of giving, it’s the perfect opportunity to make some donations. If you have used something, put it right back in it’s place so everything stays tidy.
Learn to Say “No”
Saying “no” is so important to managing overwhelm, and it can be applied to people and things. Say “no” to those extra ornaments if you can barely fit what you have on the tree. Say “no” to that extra baking fundraiser if you don’t have room on your schedule. And feel comfortable saying “no” to that party you don’t want to attend. Your only obligation is to your happiness and stress management.
Not every day will go as planned, but with smart prioritizing and organization, you can stay on top of what’s most important. You’ll easily manage overwhelm and fully enjoy this holiday season.