Happy Holidays! We are in a transition week, completing 2017 and looking forward to a new beginning in 2018. Out with 2017 -- the old year, in with 2018 - the new year. With only a few days left in 2017, I invite you to take a few quiet moments to prepare for the new year. What were the most memorable moments of 2017? What are you dreaming to create in 2018? Sit down with your favorite beverage and contemplate the best of 2017 and living your dream in 2018. First, count down the old by describing:
3 precious memories
2 things you are grateful for
1 thing you did this year that you are proud of
Now bring in the New! Take time to dream, and dream big. What will bring you joy? What do you want in 2018?
1 place you want to visit in 2018
2 goals you want to achieve
3 ways you will have fun in 2018
My wish is that each of you are experiencing moments this holiday season that will become treasured memories. As 2017 comes to a end and we begin 2018, DYG Coaching’s mission continues to be helping you build your dream life. Stay tuned for a series on making your new year’s resolutions work for you!
Five days until Christmas! Need holiday stress management right now? Today’s blog is a modern version of the twelve days of Christmas, with some holiday stress relieving ideas thrown in. Who really needs twelve drummers drumming? Twelve yoga videos to help us stretch out and relax sounds good to me!
On the twelfth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
12 Yoga Videos
11 Easy Recipes
10 Bubble Baths
9 Candles Burning
8 Fidget Foot Bands
7 Kids a helping
6 Netflix Movies
5 Holiday Crafts
4 Calling Friends
3 Stress Balls
2 Nature Sounds
and an internet time saver
*Note DYG Coaching is not an affiliate marketer and is not promoting any of the products in this blog. Do you have holiday stress management ideas not listed in the twelve days? Share in the comments!
Mark Twain once said, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” Is there a holiday task you really do not enjoy? Cleaning the house so it is ready for guests? Putting up Christmas lights? Wrapping gifts? Perhaps sending Christmas cards? Use Brian Tracy’s wisdom to clear that task from your to-do list. Brian Tracy advises, “If you have to eat a live frog at all, it doesn’t pay to sit and look at it for very long.”
Complete the hardest task on your list first. Get it out of the way, get it done, and mark it complete. Then you will no longer need to dread that arduous task and can move on to other, more enjoyable tasks. You will feel a sense of accomplishment when you have completed that task.
But what about large tasks that cannot be completed in one time block? Let’s go back to the 1970’s, when elephant jokes were popular.
“Where does an elephant put his luggage? In his trunk.”
Teacher: “Where do you find an elephant?”
Pupil: “You don’t have to find them, they are too big to lose.”
“How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”
A large holiday project or task can be approached just like eating an elephant. One bite at a time. Do you dread sitting down to write 100 holiday cards? Do ten each day for ten days. Do you despair when you think about cleaning your whole house? Clean one room per day.
If the thought of eating a frog or one bite of an elephant still fills you with despair, here is one more stress-relieving tip. Make an appointment on your calendar to complete the dreadful task. Commit to keeping that appointment, just like you would commit to having coffee with a friend. Then schedule an appointment for a task you enjoy directly after. Example: 10am Christmas Cards; 10:30am Bake cookies or 10am Clean house; 11am Go shopping.
Frogs and elephants can help you destress during the holidays. Get that frog out of the way and move on to more enjoyable activities. Tackle that elephant one bite at a time. Schedule a fun task as a reward! Feel free to share your thoughts (or elephant jokes) in the comments!