We will be serving free brewed coffee samples tomorrow, February 15th, from 10 A.M. to noon (or until the coffee is gone) at Nature’s Own Health Food Market at 4301 Main St, in Kansas City, MO. We will be sampling our Sumatran and Ethiopian selections. Nature’s Own Health Food Market has both of those selections for sale in 6 oz bags if you like what you taste! If you haven’t had a chance to try our award winning coffee, come on by for a free taste.
The holidays can introduce a lot of stress into our lives. Whether we are scrambling to buy those last minute gifts, figuring out what to cook, or dealing with difficult people and personalities, it can be challenging not to get lost in all the emotions that can arise during this holiday season. The following are some things that have helped me to stay centered inside when I have started to feel overwhelmed this year.
1. Set realistic goals
Making a To Do list helps clear my mind and get what is in my head down onto paper. However, it is so easy, when I sit down and write out a list of things to do, to put way too many things on my list. I am finding I need to resist the urge to write a whole page of things to get done. For me, it has been a learning process of accurately estimating tasks so I don’t overdo it. It’s a work in progress, but I know when I finish the day with everything checked off on my list, that feels good. So, I aim to make my lists realistic so I can bask in the feeling of accomplishment at the end of the day.
2. Take plenty of breaks
I find it helpful for time management, and to keep my sanity, to set a timer when I am doing a task. I usually set a timer for 30-45 minutes and only work on that one task during that period. Also, I try to stay focused on that task, as tempting as it is to check my email or Facebook. When my timer goes off, then I reward myself with a 15-20 minutes break. This helps break up the busyness, reduce stress, and help me recharge. After my break I can do another round on the same task or start a new one. There are different apps you can download on your smart phone that can help you manage your tasks in this way. The one I use is Pomodroido for my Android phone, but there are several others. Try it and see if it is a good fit for you.
3. Have some good quality fun
Life can sure get crammed full of things to do, can’t it? I have many peaceful mornings drinking my morning coffee and before I know it I have a long To Do list and find myself rushing to get everything done. Some days are busy and that is the reality of our lives. However, I find it is so vital to take a day or a half-day off to just relax and do something that nourishes my soul. I find anything that gets me out of my head can bring a sense of relaxation and joy back into my life. Maybe for you that is reading a book, playing some basketball, or doing some art.
4. Be mindful…stay in the present
When we are lost in thought or emotions we lose touch with our true and deepest selves. It is good to use our minds, but I think so many of us spend too much time thinking and not enough time enjoying the journey of our lives. I’ve always been a deep thinker, as I know many of you are as well. It can be a challenge to not get lost in our thinking. The key is to see your mind as a tool. Use your mind, but don’t let your mind use and enslave you. I find it helpful to take many deep breaths throughout the day. Whenever you are focusing on your breath, you are in the present. The breath is always in the present moment and is a tool that you take with you wherever you go. I also like to use an app on my phone called the Mindfulness Bell. A bell will go off at specified intervals as a reminder to think about what you are doing and how you are doing it. Frequently, the bell goes off and I find that I am stuck in my mind (and I didn’t even realize it) and remember it has been a while since I took a deep breath. This practice has helped me live more in reality…more in the ever-present now.
5. Be grateful and celebrate
Yes, the holidays can be full of challenges and stress, but on the flip side don’t overlook all the joy and beauty of life that can be found when you intentionally look for it. It seems when I am looking for problems, that is what I find. However, when I look for beauty and the positive, I find that too! Don’t spend all your energy dwelling on the problems and issues in life. Due a reversal and acquire energy by focusing on all the positive things in your life and all the awesome things that are going to happen today.
I hope that at least something in this list has caused you to think or see things in a way that can help ease your stress this season. I hope you can stay centered as you traverse your hectic schedules. This is a season where we can practice giving to others, but let us not lose ourselves in the process. Remember to give to yourself what you need, have fun, and celebrate the richness of life!
Happy Holidays to you from Red-Headed Philosopher Coffee.
Get stocked up on your local, organic produce for Thanksgiving. BADSEED Farm & Market is having their Thanksgiving Extravaganza tonight from 4-9 PM at 1909 McGee in Kansas City, MO. If you haven’t had a chance to stop by, tonight is the night to do it. They will be opening the back part of the facility to fit in additional vendors.
We will have our fresh roasted coffee bags on sale tonight. 12 oz bags for $13.00 and 6 oz. bags for $7.00 including tax! Get stocked up and WOW your holiday guests with some amazing coffee. A great cup of coffee sure has a way of tying together a scrumptious family feast. See you tonight! Happy Thanksgiving!