It's almost December and time for our Christmas to-do lists..
And I bet you have LOADS OF ITEMS on your list:
I'm guessing you might be exhausted just thinking about these tasks and that's nothing compared to the EXHAUSTION you feel when you start trying to complete the tasks and keep on trying...even when you are stressed and tired...and in need of sleep and relaxation and nourishment.
Just yesterday I got a wonderful idea about this whole conundrum of how do you get the work done and avoid feeling STRESSED to the max.
And here it is.
This is probably going to sound radical to you, but after some reflection I am convinced it's the answer to this problem.
The first premise of this idea is: Christmas (and all of the preparations that go into the holiday) should be fun.
Easy enough to say. But, you may wonder, how can we have fun doing the Christmas to-do list when we are bone-tired...weary...dragging ourselves around?
The answer is not to do it. DO NOT make yourself do the things on that list when you are not IN YOUR POWER and have good energy, a positive disposition and are ready to be in-the-flow.
Instead (and here comes the next premise) do WHATEVER IT TAKES to get you back to your place of power. This might mean taking a nap, relaxing, having a lovely conversation, enjoying nourishing food for your tired body (and eating it slowly and tasting and enjoying every bite). WHATEVER IT TAKES.
Then...when you have reclaimed your power (whenever that is)...do something on the Christmas prep list.
You are probably thinking THIS WILL NEVER WORK. There won't be enough time.
But here's my thought:
If you've ever pushed yourself to do things when you DID NOT have the energy (physical, mental or emotional) to do them, then I am sure you know there is a hefty price tag on that delightful maneuver.
And I bet this is when you develop that cold or catch that flu or get so totally out-of-sorts that nobody wants to be around you.
Then...what good did it do to have the things on your list completed and you can't even appreciate what you have accomplished?
I know...I know...this concept will take some reframing of the way we usually tackle our tasks but consider this:
How wonderful would it be to actually enjoy all of the holiday preparations...to be in such a lovely space that it felt like you were constantly accessing the joy of Christmas and what it represents?
How lovely also for all of those around you to engage with the happy, positive person you know you can be!
Wouldn't it be worth taking the leap to give this a try and then see how everything plays out?
So start making that special list of all of the wonderful things that will rejuvenate you and move you back into that DELIGHTFUL place of joy and power and make that one THE LIST you always remember!