Is it just me or did Thanksgiving completely sneak up on you?
I swear I was just commenting on how ridiculous it is that there are already Christmas commercials and suddenly Thanksgiving and ALMOST equally important Black Friday are only days away and I have no idea what I need! Okay, okay, NEED is definitely the wrong word, but I was spending hours scanning through Amazon, Toys R Us, Target, etc to find out what was on sale so that I didn't miss out on grabbing the "IT" toy or the best sale. Not to mention planning for our trip - packing, making plans with family and friends, meal planning, travel arrangements, OH and of course trying to squeeze 5 days of work into 2. The anxiety builds and my mind is constantly running through lists of "To Do's."
What I really needed was a CHANGE IN MINDSET!
So how do you change your mindset and dealing with Thanksgiving Stress
TOP TIPS FOR RESETTING YOUR MINDSET
- Overall be REALISTIC & INTENTIONAL with your time
- Write down a list of all of your goals for the week (This ended up being over 20 for me!)
- Take a minute and look over them – what are your top 3? Focus on what you actually need to do to ensure you accomplish your top 3 goals. For example here are mine:
- Seeing two of my best friends (seeing family is already a given). Typically I make loose plans and then try to be flexible. This just causes stress and frustration. Instead – I have actually made concrete plans (with times and locations!) in advance!
- Being present with my family: For me this ultimately boils down to not constantly checking email. So I’ve notified my clients that I am taking time off and won’t be checking email on Thanksgiving. I have my out of office already set up. However, do you have a boss that notoriously emails you on holidays? I've been there! Already have a plan on how you are going to respond. Best to be quick and blunt. "Hi Name, Thanks for the information, I'm happy to run with this on Monday." That's it - keep it short and sweet and get back to your top goals!
- Sticking to my workouts - Yup that’s right, I’m even telling all of you! I will stick to my current routine while traveling. In general, I’m the worst at this and it would normally not make my top 3. But right now it’s a priority and if it’s going to happen I have to have a plan. I’ve got the app downloaded; my workout clothes packed and have asked my sister-in-law if I can borrow some hand weights.
- Let the rest go! Okay, maybe not completely. But really focus on the actions that will help you accomplish your top 3 goals and leave yourself some space to be flexible. Anything else you get done this week is just the gravy on top (yum…mashed potatoes with gravy! )