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Posted on Anyone Else Behind And Stressed for the Holidays?

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#1 posted 11-14-2011 04:22 PM

William, alcohol used to be my stress reliever too. I’m coming up on 15 years since my last drink, so I’ve had to find other ways to deal with it. Hobbies, like woodworking, are great until you take them so seriously that they start to become part of the stress instead of the cure for it.

The biggest thing for me is not to set unrealistic expectations for myself. Even with excellent health, I don’t have the energy of a 21-year-old anymore. Pace yourself wisely. Don’t set deadlines that will be impossible to meet. Enjoy the good things in life without guilt over not doing something you might think is more important.

If you spend too much time weeding the garden, you’ll never have a chance to stop and smell the roses.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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