The holiday season is here, and so is the crazy it brings out in many people. If I had to choose the word I’ve heard most over the past week, it’s overwhelmed. I’m as guilty as the next person of becoming overwhelmed by ‘stuff’ – you know, all that physical stuff that accumulates and makes a house look like a tornado has swept through. What you won’t find me being overwhelmed by: the holidays. It simply isn’t worth your time or the added stress. If you think about the holidays any other time, let’s say during summer, what comes to mind? I’m guessing your attitude is more positive – perhaps you associate them with family, food, laughter, giving thanks, and joy? (If not, please quit being the Grinch!) So why the shift in attitude when the holidays actually arrive? The season will go on even if you don’t get all of the gift shopping, meal planning, note writing, house cleaning, etc. done to your liking. Why do we care so much about perfection and/or completion? You get done what you can get done, when you can get it done. It’s as simple as that. If your family and friends are rude enough to point out the lack of homemade cookies or the dust on the end table, then nuts to them. Chances are, they’ll sit down, drink in hand, start chatting with someone and not ever notice the things that didn’t get done. So, when you think about how overwhelming this time of the year is – think about who and what you’re really getting so worked up over. I’m betting that your friends and family would happily tell you to set a bunch of chores on the back-burner so they can enjoy being around a more calm and happy you! On the count of three. 1….2….Breathe.