* Stressed For the Holidays

Want more stress in your life? These are my lucky 13 tips guaranteed to make you stressed out and miserable in time for the Holidays.

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  1. Strive for perfection in everything you do. Have faith that the smallest imperfection or oversight results in complete and utter failure.
  2. Always compare yourself to others. Look for where you don’t measure up and remind yourself daily.
  3. Surround yourself with negative people. Aggressive people who constantly criticize you, are a great way to focus on your failings and keep you miserable.
  4. Aim to spend at least 20% more than your income. A must for the Holiday season!
  5. Shop at peak times. Always wait to the day before the holiday to buy food. In supermarkets hold your ground in the “less than 10 items” line!stressful holiday shopping
  6. Remember your failures. Keep a failures log. Frequently go over your many occasions of incompetence.
  7. Breathe in “I feel grumpy”
    Breathe out “I feel tense”
    Breathe in “I am stupid”
    Breathe out “I fail at everything I do”
  8. Win at all costs, especially when you are in the wrong. Remember there is never justification for compromise. Bully and ridicule the other person in defeat until they admit fault.
  9. With your partner, make up a list of each other’s bad habits. Pin a weekly wall chart up to see who can add up the most irritating things about the other person. Go over the list on anniversaries and birthdays.
  10. Avoid vacations. If you do go away, do your duty and visit relatives. Always make sure the office can reach you quickly. Take your computer, cell and your admin’s home telephone number – in case you don’t hear from her or there’s no wifi.work stress
  11. Always over promise and under deliver. Say yes to everything. Commit yourself to impossible time lines. Of course, remember to do it all by yourself.
  12. Suffer in silence. Gain the maximum stress from a problem by trying to deal with it entirely on your own and always keep your worries to yourself.
  13. Dismiss other people’s offers of help. Show the world how independent you are. This is especially worthwhile when you are unwell. Always show up to work with a virus! The more unwell you feel, the more stoic you must be. Success is in complete physical and mental breakdown… and spreading the joy with colleagues.

To find happiness, review the above and do the opposite.

56 Comments on “* Stressed For the Holidays

  1. HaHaHa…really funny, Val! Some of them sound very familiar 🙂 I needed a laugh like this this morning…Thanks! Hope this Monday finds you well and that you have a wonderful THanksgiving!! ❤

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  2. The perfect follow-on from your previous post about holding back on offering advice – given that the recipient invariably does the opposite. Keep chuckling Val; it’s the only way to keep sane these days. H ❤

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  3. Love this! Especially:

    Breathe in “I feel grumpy”
    Breathe out “I feel tense”
    Breathe in “I am stupid”
    Breathe out “I fail at everything I do”

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  4. I had to give up stressing about anything. It’s bad for my health. 🙂 Perfection? What is that and who gets there? Not me. I like the tongue in cheek flavor of this. Have a good week ahead.

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  5. Ha ha ha. So funny. It’s amazing how those traps can snag us. The one that gets me: “If you do go away, do your duty and visit relatives.” Ha ha. Thanks for the laugh, Val.

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  6. Just what we all needed! Thanks Val. It reminds me of my favorite Christmas holiday ever… we told her mom that we were going to Phoenix to visit my mom. We told my mom that we would stay in LA to be with her mom. And then the two of us spent Christmas in London and New Years in Amsterdam. Best Holiday ever!

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  8. Thank you for a wide smile, Val! I remember the time when I was a master of all these things 😎 The thing I’m still working on is to say no to everything I really don’t want to do…..mostly there but an occasional ‘yes’ still slips out…

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  9. I am new to publishing my blogs (writing) and don’t know how this usually works. I will be the first one to admit to that but I hope you don’t mind I referenced you in one of my recent holiday blogs and put a link to get to this blog. If I did that incorrectly I’m sorry but I do love this blog. Thank you!

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    • When we can step back and be the observer – rather than acting out old roles, relationships can shift and we can move forward. Thank you 💛

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