Organize + Energize: Dealing With Holiday Stress
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Save this article and refer to it when the holidays are over. Think about the following and think about how you can make the holidays next year a little less stressful and overwhelming and more enjoyable and relaxing. Did you do any of the following this year?
Did you plan ahead?
If you know you have to bake, cook, or host a party, prepare anything ahead of time that you can. Write out menus and food shopping lists. If you have tons of gifts to purchase, start keeping a list of whom you have to buy for and what you might like to buy them.
Did you prepare?
Anything you can prepare ahead of time, do it!
Did you keep to-do lists and follow through?
These daily to-do lists will keep you on track. Crossing items off the list will give you a feeling of accomplishment.
Did you maintain a calendar?
Get everything out of your head and onto paper. Never forget an important date again during the holidays. Let go of that mental clutter.
Did you maintain a clutter free and organized home?
If your home is organized, it’s one less thing you have to worry about during the holidays. You won’t be shoving items in a closet when you know company is arriving. Imagine never having to do that again. You can now focus on other holiday preparations.
Did you make unnecessary trips to the market or mall?
Make your list and check it twice. Do you really want to head out during peak traffic hours during the holidays because you forgot the most important ingredient to your recipe or that special gift you were supposed to purchase?
Did you waste money?
You will waste money if you are disorganized. You will probably be searching for items in a rush during the holiday season and when you can’t find it, you will just go out and purchase another item, which will lead to wasted money.
Did you create unnecessary stress for yourself?
The holidays bring unwanted stress. You could eliminate one unnecessary stressor in your life just by becoming organized.
Even if you choose two of the above and work on them next year it will make a difference! Make notes and save this and refer to it next year. Take small baby steps and those baby steps will get you energized to move forward with more organizing projects!
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Are you looking for an educational gift for that special child on your list? You need not look any further than the line of educational toys manufactured by HapeInternational, a leading maker of high quality wooden and environmentally friendly toys. From their clever balance boat to their color flutter butterfly magnetic maze toy, Hape offers a variety of educational toys to suit your child’s needs.
Buy it from: Button Tree Kids, 1102 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA.
Artist Starter Kit
Do you have any budding artists on your Christmas list? Why not help nurture their gift by getting them Watercolor Button Blossoms Kit made by Faber-Castell. The kit includes five Art GRIP Watercolor Color Pencils, a black Multimark Pen to add details, six sheets of watercolor paper, and an assortment of buttons.
Buy it from: C.C. Lowell, 258 Park Avenue, Worcester, MA.
Do you have a music fan on your list who prefers analog over digital? Well, you’re in luck because Joe’s Albums in Worcester offers an array of vinyls to satisfy even the most discerning music lover—many of which are priced starting at $5.50.
Price: $5.50 and up
Buy it from: Joe’s Albums, 1124 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA 01602
Photo: Flickr/The Seafarer
That’s Entertainment in Worcester offers a huge selection of new comic books ranging from mainstream titles to harder to find independent ones—with most starting under $5. Perhaps that special someone on your list wants a rare back issue. Well don’t worry because That’s Entertainment has those too.
Price: $3.99 and up
Buy it from: That’s Entertainment, 244 Park Avenue, Worcester, MA.
Photo: Flickr/Sam Howzit
Buying flowers can often be an expensive ordeal, but it doesn’t have to be. Danielson Flowers offers a Poinsettia Christmas arrangement that looks beautiful and won’t break the bank.
Where to buy: Danielson Flowers, 660 Main Street Shrewsbury, MA.
Photo: Flickr/Marit & Tomas Hinnosaar
Organic Baby Toys
Organic living isn’t just about food anymore. Thanks to Dandelion, your child can enjoy the benefits of organic living this holiday season with a new organic plush toy. Machine washable and made FSC certified bamboo, Dandelion’s line of plush toys will ensure that that special child in your life has a fun and safe holiday season.
Price: $19.99 to $24.99
Buy it from: Wild Orchid Baby, 490 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA.
Who doesn’t like getting a box of chocolates for Christmas? Colonial Candies in Bolton offers a wide selection of boxed chocolates perfect for the holiday season. And what’s more, all of Colonial’s chocolates are handmade.
Price: $12.95 and up
Where to buy: Colonial Candies, 47 Sugar Road, Bolton, MA.
Make it a holiday that your family and friends will never forget by giving them a personalized ornament. Available through Rustic Craft of Fitchburg, these one-of-a-kind ornaments are carved from natural birch branch and can be customized to say whatever you wish.
Price: $14 to $18
Where to buy: rusticcraftdesigns.com
Based in Ashburnham, the Chocolate Canvas prints full color edible photos, logos and text onto delicious kosher certified milk and dark chocolate, or Belgian truffles. Not only are they delicious, but when they’re personalized, they’re unforgettable. Specialized chocolates are available for both Christmas and Chanukah.
Price: Starting at $0.99
Where to buy: thechocolatecanvas.com
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