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Recipe for Surviving Pre-Holiday Stress (A Flashback Favorite!)

Monday, December 10, 2012

Aloha, gang!  Reposting a favorite (and very timely!) blog entry today.

Happy Aloha Monday!

Jason

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Auē!  How has time passed so quickly these last few days?

Wasn’t it only yesterday that we were beginning the 12 Days of Christmas??

It seems like everything is due at once.  Like the pot on the stove has come to a full boil.

And with that–my blood pressure (and my anxiety level!) soars!

Know what that means?

It’s time for a strum break.

Ok… maybe SEVERAL strum breaks.

Ok… maybe several strum breaks EVERY HOUR!

And I need to remember to take deep breaths.

I don’t know about you, but when I get all stressed-to-’da-max, my breath becomes shallow.  And that’s just plain dumb.  I mean, what good is that doing?  It adds to the anxiety!

Oh!  And I need to remember to say, “Aloha” a lot.

(Seriously!)

I had to run to the grocery store this morning. Standing in line at the checkout counter–a few people away from it being “my turn” to check out–it seemed like everything was moving in SLOW MOTION.  And I’m sure I don’t need to tell you: I NEEDED IT TO MOVE AT LIGHTING SPEED.

Instead of freaking out (which very easily could have happened!) I looked at the people around me and silently said to each of  ’em, “Aloha.” 

Something happens to me–physiologically–when I say it.  It almost always brings a smile to my lips.

Did it help?

Well, I can tell that it sure helped me through a panic-situation.

And maybe that helped everyone around me, too… Even if it was only because I wasn’t freaking out.

Strumming, remembering to take deep breaths and saying, “Aloha.”–that’s how I’m gonna get through these next few days.

How are YOU surviving the holidays??

2 Responses to “Recipe for Surviving Pre-Holiday Stress (A Flashback Favorite!)”

  1. Karen Cooper says:

    I love the idea of saying “Aloha” when the stress gets to be too much! Mahalo, going try it:)

  2. Jason Poole says:

    Aloha mai e Karen! So glad you’re up for trying the idea! I think you’ll love it. I found that it really opened my heart–a HUGE contrast to how I’d been feeling before I said it. Please let me know what you think!