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Not surprisingly we may find ourselves feeling overwhelmed, depressed—or both—this time of year. There is inadvertent pressure to be on top of things—to have gifts bought and wrapped, the house cleaned and decorated, food prepared, travel preparations made (or if you’re hosting, accommodations ready for your guests), parties to attend—the list goes on.

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of making the season special for all of your loved ones but it’s important that you take care of yourself first. One of the best ways to cut stress is to get organized and create a daily checklist. Knowing what you absolutely have to get done on your list and what to cross off of it will help you stay more relaxed and cheerful over the next month.

Here are a few ideas of things to include on your daily checklist:

  • Exercise. Try to schedule at least three workouts per week in your calendar to make sure you are making exercise a priority.
  • Drinking water. It’s important to drink enough water throughout the day, but this is one of the silly things we may throw to the wayside because of the countless other beverage options available during the holidays.
  • Grocery shopping. Take your checklist with you to the grocery store. This will help you be more focused on what you need to get for meals and less likely to buy things on a whim.
  • Gift shopping. Use a checklist for gift shopping so you are less likely to overspend on your holiday budget.

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