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3 Easy Ideas to avoid December melt-down

3 Easy Ideas to avoid December melt-down  by Vatsala Shukla

In the run up to the year-end, things can get pretty stressful, Christmas shopping, tasks and reporting deadlines that have to be completed before the year is out and suddenly you are wondering where the days are going. If you are struggling to stay on top of your game, then read on for 3 easy ideas to avoid what I call the December melt-down.

Tension Buster

I use this exercise whenever I feel stress building up. It helps to release muscle tension triggered as a stress response.

• Stand relaxed, arms hanging at sides and feet about one foot apart.

• Tilt head back and hold for five seconds

• Roll head forward and hold for five seconds.

• Curl chest and stomach forward as you bend at the waist; arms dangling for five seconds.

• Inhale slowly through mouth as you straighten up. Raise arms overhead; drop arms slowly to sides as you exhale slowly though your mouth.

 If you feel you need support, do drop me a line at and let us see how we can work together to get that stress under control.


The Social Law of Community Support

Social support is a well recognized way for people to deal with stress. Social support can take the form of informal  groups such as young mothers who meet up to share their problems and get support from other mothers who are either also going through the experience or are a few steps ahead in dealing with newborns. It can also be a more formal group of small business owners and study circles to name a few. Social support is a two-way method where you can receive but also give!

Some ideas to increase social support for yourself and others:

Join a club or group with similar interests to your own.

Make a coffee or lunch date to do meet up with a friend or colleague who can motivate and support you and vice versa.

Speak kind words to family and friends—those we love most are often those we treat the worst.

Practice being a good listener. Strive to be “other centered”

Drop a line to someone you have not been in touch with and reconnect. Let them know they are not forgotten even if you have been out of touch.


Time Tackle Tips

 When time is in short supply, stress seems to grow and lately, I’ve been seeing a spurt of articles in newspapers about stress and stress management – the Times of India carried a full page on Mindfulness for CEOs and other stress related articles are appearing in other leading papers and magazines – at least in India.

So, if time is becoming a stressful issue for you, do check out my Time Management posts, especially the most recent ones where I have shared 3 alternative time management methods and pick up some additional tips from my book Eight tested Commandments for Time Management.

Now its your turn. Knowledge and experience becomes tenfold when shared.

Do you have any special tips for handling December melt-downs? 

Photo Credit : Pop-Art by Piotr Siedlecki

Written by Vatsala Shukla

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