Holiday rush

Is the holiday rush starting to get to anyone else?

My anxiety has been creeping up thinking about Christmas arriving much sooner than I’d like. I am not one of those people who shops throughout the year. I save our money and start hitting the sales around holiday time. So I have been worrying about the presents I am buying not arriving on time. I’m also worried about not having enough time for everything.

Thanksgiving was a breeze compared with Christmas. I didn’t have to do very much for that day. Only a bit of cooking, really.

You know what, though? I do have some ways of making things easier for myself.

I have a list of gift ideas and gifts already bought to keep track of who gets what. I marked dates of dinners and parties on my calendar. I have been staying within my budget as much as possible so I don’t go overboard. Diesel and I also bought a tiny potted tree this year so we won’t have to worry about Choo-choo knocking it over or breaking the ornaments (all those will either be plastic or stuffed animals, as we have done the past two years.)

But what about the rest of it?

Well, I cannot control whether the presents I buy arrive in time, but I can order them as soon as possible. (And find a way to keep Choo-choo from freaking out because I can’t open all the delivered packages with him like I normally do when we get mail since it might be a present for him.) I don’t know if the gift recipients will like what they get, but I can do my very best. I can’t control how much Choo-choo and Diesel will help out, but I can ask when I need it.

As for the days of parties, I can follow the plan I used on Thanksgiving, making sure I start early and have as much ready as possible before any of it is needed.

I will also remind myself to deep breathe as often as I need to. And tell myself that it is all going to be okay.

Luckily, we don’t have to travel far from home. I am also not hosting any parties, so yay for me there! That reduces the stress load for sure.

What about the rest of you? No matter what kind of holiday hoopla you have planned, I hope you all have stress-free holiday preparations, too!

Author: stepbackandbreathe33

I am a writer, mother, wife, and fighter in the battle against depression, anxiety, OCD, and PTSD.

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