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3 Things You Can Do To Stress Less This Holiday Season

Posted by Coach Kim Collins on November 29, 2012

  1. Don’t try to do everything well. Choose one thing that’s important to you this holiday season and work on doing that one thing well. Simplify things by hiring help or lowering your standards for what is acceptable. For example, instead of trying to create a picture perfect home for the holidays, hire someone else to clean and organize for you. Or, change your standards from “picture perfect” to  “cluttered but clean “ .

  2. Watch a feel-good holiday movie. Nothing gets me in the spirit more than watching a holiday movie on the Hallmark Channel. These movies allow you to escape your chaotic life for a while and focus on the true spirit of the holidays.

  3. Plan and visualize your post-holiday activities. For many people, the holidays can be a letdown when they are over. If you miss being around people, plan to get together with friends for lunch or dinner after the first of the year to stave off those post holiday blues. If you feel overwhelmed during the holidays, you might want to plan some alone time once the chaos dies down. Plan something that will allow you to decompress and rejuvenate. Visualizing your plan can help you get through high stress holiday moments.

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Audio Post: What are you thankful for?

Posted by Coach Kim Collins on November 28, 2012

Listen to My Audio Post: What are you thankful for?


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A Twist On Gift Giving

Posted by Coach Kim Collins on December 9, 2011

This year I’ve decided to take some of the mental stress and financial fatigue out of the holidays. When one of my friends told me that she was frantically trying to get her holiday shopping done. I took this opportunity to suggest that we not exchange Christmas gifts this year but instead, celebrate the holidays by giving the gift of sharing our time together. With some relief, she said that was a great idea and she would love to just get together over the holiday vacation.

It seems that everyone I have suggested this to is filled with relief that they don’t have another gift to get or receive. Gift giving and receiving can be a burden especially in a down economy when people are unsure about their financial and job situation.

So, I have pledged this year to put a twist on giving gifts. Here are some ideas:

  1. Share the gift of spending time with someone instead of exchanging material goods
  2. If you really want to give something – make a donation to a charity in their name.
  3. And, if you are tired of struggling to choose the “perfect” gift for someone, why not give them the gift of buying their own gift. Buying gift cards can be a great alternative to traditional holiday shopping. First of all, you can buy gift cards just about anywhere. Second, it takes the pressure out of finding the “perfect” gift and ensures the recipient gets exactly what he or she wants.

Here are a few more holiday ideas:

  1. You know those photos that you always say that you will get around to organizing? Here’s a great solution – Ritz Camera has a service where you can bring in all your old photos and they will scan them and make a CD or DVD for about $50 for 400 photos.
  2. Do you know someone who needs the gift of organization? How about a subscription to the new magazine Getting Organized!  You can buy a digital or print subscription.
  3. Check out this online topic: Handling Holiday Stress and ADHD:
Who: Marie Paxson, former CHADD president
When: Wednesday, Dec.14, 2011, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM (Eastern time)
What: Handling Holiday Stress with ADHD

Does the upcoming holiday season conjure images of family togetherness, decorated homes, elaborate meals and feelings of peace, joy, and harmony? Maybe it just…doesn’t? We all recognize the “perfect” holiday is pretty unrealistic. But individuals and families affected by ADHD have an even tougher time experiencing even some of the joys of the season. Luckily, there are solutions and strategies available to pave the way for a more peaceful holiday season and some easy-to-implement backup plans if things fall apart.

CHADD Past President Marie Paxson tackles questions on the upcoming holiday season and ADHD stress in our December Ask the Expert Chat. Participants will get the chance to ask how they can make the season merrier by facing holiday stress head-on and plan events where ADHD symptoms are a concern.

Please click here at 2:45 PM (Eastern time) the day of the chat and follow the instructions on that page to sign in and participate. This is an online chat only and there is no audio.Transcripts: Available to CHADD members one week following the chat.

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Simplify The Holidays

Posted by Coach Kim Collins on November 16, 2010

The holidays are once again upon us. And, for many people it can be a very stressful time of year. This year I would like to challenge you. Instead of trying to create the perfect holiday, use some of these tips to help you create a memorable yet stress-free holiday for you and your family.

  • If preparing the perfect homemade holiday meal stresses you out. Consider letting the cooks at Costco, Sam’s Club, Giant, or Safeway cook all or part of your holiday feast.

  • Set a limit on holiday parties this year. Just because you are invited to 5 parties every year doesn’t mean that you have to go to all of them. Choose the 1 or 2 you really want to attend and send your regrets to the others.

  • Do you tell yourself every year that you will send out holiday cards on time but can never get organized enough to get them out at all?  If sending out cards is really important to you. Buy a pack of cards and then gather your stamps and return address labels. Keep them all together where you open your mail. Then, when you receive a card in the mail, you can immediately send them one back without having to search for their address. Everything you need will be right there!

  • Simplify gift giving this year by planning what you’ll buy before you go shopping. Whether you shop online or in the stores it’s important to start with a list of who you are shopping for, what their interests are, and how much you want to spend. Shopping with a list can save you a lot of stress  and worry when the bills arrive in the New Year.

  • There is nothing worse than having a bored child at home for the holidays. So, have a plan in place to keep the kids busy. Let your kids help with the holidays by giving them a cooking or crafts project to do. Instead of being leashed to your electronics – cut the cord and do something special with the whole family. For creative ideas on how to keep the kids busy for the holidays, read: Kid’s holiday activities: ways to keep children busy.

  • If you want your house to be beautiful for the holidays (or at least presentable) but don’t have the time, skills, or inclination to make it happen, consider hiring a cleaning service. If you are worried that you have too much clutter to deal with first, call a professional organizer to help clear the way for the cleaners to clean. Concerned about the cost? Make it an early holiday present from your spouse : )

  • Don’t plan to get much work done during the holidays. Between the holiday parties and vacation days no one spends much time getting substantive work done. Try to clear the decks of important work before the holidays are in full swing so that you are freed up to handle the low hanging fruit.


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