May the Peace of the Season Follow You Into 2019


Santa Says, “I have complied a list to remind you to stay safe during the holidays.”



  • Only the most important things need to be done. Leave the rest for later.
  • You don’t have to do it all at once. One thing at a time.
  • Ask yourself if it will matter tomorrow, next week, next month or next year?
  • Eliminate tasks that are unnecessary or that you don’t enjoy.

Pace Yourself:

  • Move at a slower pace.No running, walking and pacing is the best choice.
  • If you get short of breath, stop and take a break. No one will do the dishes and they can wait for you.
  • Break larger task into smaller ones with smaller parts. Eventually it all gets done.
  • Don’t talk during activity. It will waste precious oxygen.

Pursed Lip Breathe:

  • Always use Pursed Lip Breathing during exertion.
  • As you go along your daily tasks don’t forget to breathe.
  • Breathe deep abdominal breathes.
  • Stop during tasks to take a long deep breath.
  • Hold a deep breath for the count of 4, then exhale for the count of 6.

Make A Plan:

  • Plan your day the night before the big event.
  • Find new ways to adapt to activities instead of eliminating them.
  • Schedule tasks so that you can break them up into smaller tasks over the week.
  • Don’t try to do too much at one time. Take baby steps and be happy with the win.
  • Stop before you get short of breath.
  • Do higher energy and harder tasks first, completing one per day.
  • When you get tired, STOP!

Position Yourself:

  • Make tasks easier, complete them at waist level.
  • Use a high stool at the counter.
  • Always have step stools available, to prevent reaching.
  • Use a shower stool while bathing, and warm it with hot water before using it!
  • Have chairs and stools at locations around the home to create resting spots.

Don’t Get Distracted:

  • Try to stick to the task at hand and get it done, rest, then go on to the next task.
  • Don’t allow yourself to get distracted.
  • Never lose sight of your goals.
  • Learn to delegate larger tasks or break it down to smaller chunks..

Be Grateful:

  • Reach out and ask for help, don’t hesitate. Allow others to show you how much they care.
  • Reach up and ask your higher power for strength.
  • Reach in and find your inner strength. Find that hidden strength.
  • Regenerate with food and exercise.
  • Ask yourself, as you would ask any loved one, “Am I OK?”

Be Positive:

  • A positive attitude will only give your life better.
  • Meditate at least once a day.
  • Give thanks for this life.
  • Practice Mindfulness.
  • Stay in the moment.
  • Know Yourself.
  • Its Christmas and you and I have survived another year.
  • Sing, Enjoy,



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