3 Ways to Deal with Holiday Stress

I don’t know about you, but I am FREAKING out! My kids are sick, I am not done with my shopping, and I am behind on my work and functioning on close to NO sleep. So, I thought to myself, I wonder if my three readers are feeling the same way? And THEN I thought to myself, if they are, how can I help them? So here goes. Remember the basics…STOP, LOOK and LISTEN.

STOP—Whatever you are doing, STOP. Put the phone down, step away from the computer, loosen your grasp on that child/spouse/customer’s neck. Just stop. Take a break. Walk away. Take a deep breath. Smile. And ask yourself this question: How will I feel about this problem/issue/annoying creature tomorrow? How about next week? Next month? The truth is, while we are feeling crazy in the moment, most things will pass, and we will survive. So just stop.

LOOK—Go to your window. Resist the urge to jump out of it, metaphorically speaking, of course. What do you see? I am hoping that you can see some kind of nature—a beautiful tree, or a bird, or a quick brown fox jumping over that lazy dog. Just a brick wall, you say? Well, that’s all Pink Floyd saw, and look where that got him! Wait, Pink Floyd is not a person, you say? Well, look out that window again. Look closely at that wall. See any inspirational graffiti? OK…we’re striking out here. Try another window and repeat the process until you see something beautiful, calming and restorative, darn it!

LISTEN—My favorite songs always make me feel better. Forget that one of my favorite songs is “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” by the Smiths. Music is a great way to take our minds off our troubles. Or, if you prefer, your favorite radio program. Stay away from heavy topics like politics, though…that never helped anything. If music is not your thing, think of a person who always makes you feel better. Mom? Gramma? Your BFF? The lady at the Chinese takeout place? Grab that phone and see if you can’t get a little comfort from a friendly voice.

Now working as a consultant, Kelly sold digital printing for 15 years so she understands the challenges, frustrations and pitfalls of building a successful sales practice. Her mission is to help printers of all sizes sell more stuff. Kelly's areas of focus include client recovery, retention and acquisition, and marketing communications projects.
Kelly graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Political Science and, among other notable accomplishments, co-founded the Windy City Rollers, a professional women's roller derby league.

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  • http://Marcia Marcia

    I love Van Morrison!!!

  • http://BillFarquharson Bill Farquharson

    Kumbaya, Kelly. Kumbaya.

  • http://Rich Rich

    1. Am I reader number three? (Nope, just comment #3!)

    2. I was stressing/freaking out about your calling Pink Floyd a ‘him’, but you were just messing with us!

    3. Thanks for the blog topic, I am feeling taking your advice to heart and calling it a day… any minute now!

  • http://Andre Andre

    Look at the bright side; if I’m reader #4 you just got a 33% boost in readership with one post. Not too shabby…

  • http://Kelly Kelly

    Thanks to all FOUR of you! The good news, at least for me, is that all of my ideas paid off, the kids are better, and i am ready for CHRISTMAS! Thanks for reading, have great holidays, and stay tuned for some great stuff for 2011!

  • http://Andrew Andrew

    Holiday stress? What holdiay stress?

    Thanks, Kelly, for the reminder.