I have to go all George Washington and the cherry tree today.
I cannot tell a lie.
I. Am. Overwhelmed.
Most of the time the aforementioned statement doesn’t apply to me. Not even a little. Normally, I’m almost never overwhelmed. I wake up every morning with ideas and plans and a to-do list and I wake up and jump out of bed and drink coffee and start the day’s race from the very first minute.
I squeeze every last little drop of activity out of every little minute.
I plan and organize and go and accomplish and never miss a beat.
But this past week I hit a roadblock.
A roadblock that looks….
Please tell me we can still be friends if I tell you that this is my upstairs landing.
And the best part?
These are a SMALL PORTION of the Christmas boxes I have.
Last week we brought them down from the attic and put them on the landing and the spare bedroom and the dining room table and the middle landing.
THEY ALL JUST SAT THERE.
I walk by all of these boxes EVERY SINGLE DAY.
I look at them.
I open one or two and look inside and see the Christmas decorations and then?
I just close it back up and go downstairs and pour myself another cup of coffee because…just between us…truth? The thought of unpacking one of these boxes just seems overwhelming right now. The thought of putting up a tree or two or three or six or seven trees is a mountain that I can’t climb.
But here’s the challenge.
I write a blog.
And I’m hosting an open house in two weeks.
And we have so many Christmas events already planned.
And we are having our annual Christmas caroling party again this year.
And trees that look like this.
They don’t show up.
If you don’t unpack the boxes.
So I woke up this morning with a renewed sense of purpose and a plan.
If you are like me and you ever get overwhelmed during the holiday season, here are my tips to un-overwhelm yourself.
These are the EXACT things that I do when I start feeling like the holidays are a mountain that I’m never going to climb.
(total aside: some of these are a little random—but I’m just going with it)
1. I make my bed.
2. I call my mom.
3. I find a sweater with a collar and long sleeves that I can wrap around my fingers and thumb.
4. I part my hair on the other side.
5. I put on red lipstick.
6. I buy myself a package of face wipes to make it easier to take off my makeup at night.
7. I remember the real reason for the season.
8. I add anything peppermint to my holiday food choices.
9. I buy a new pair of fuzzy slippers.
10. I call my mom.
I know this list is random. I get it. I understand. You were probably expecting much more sage advice about making a to-do list or taking a little at a time or setting aside an hour to tackle a specific project or something brilliantly, organizingly wise.
There are so many posts you can read about de-stressing for the holidays filled with wisdom and layers of organizational charts.
But for me? When I’m stressed.
I find that when I treat myself. When I take a moment to stock up on me and the things that are truly important. When I press pause and take a moment to heal my insides from all the chaos. When I take a moment to get my heart and my soul right and ready for the road ahead.
It makes all the other tasks easier.
And so today?
I’ve talked to my mom.
My hair is cute.
My bed is made.
My lipstick is on.
And I’m going in.
I’m starting with the red tote on the left.
I’ve got this.
And guess what?
You’ve got this, too, friend.
You’ve got the holidays and Christmas parties and lights and the decor and the planning and the stockings and the family get-togethers and the meals and Thanksgiving and the hustle and the bustle.
Just take a moment.
And celebrate with your heart.