Self-Care Challenge (Day 358): Finding a “Plan B”

A long line at the supermarket

Grocery shopping during the holidays can be excruciatingly painful.

In recent years, I’ve been doing my shopping earlier and earlier, simply because the crowds are more than I can handle. It’s just too frustrating to wait in line for hours, and it isn’t a good use of my time.

But this year my husband and I were a little behind on our holiday tradition of shopping for stocking stuffers, and we found ourselves smack in the middle of a holiday melee.

Honestly, I’ve never seen a grocery store this busy – in almost 40 years, and in any of the seven US cities I’ve lived in. Customers couldn’t even push their carts down the aisle because the lines for the checkout extended to the middle of the store in every aisle. At one point, my husband called me from another end of the store to ask if I just wanted to bail…but then we had an idea.

Since we weren’t shopping for groceries, we had another option. Electronics had a checkout, as did sporting goods. Yes.

What would have been at least an hour wait turned into a 10-minute checkout process. Voila! The rest of the night was ours.

Why do I consider this self-care? Because so often we find ourselves in situations where we feel helpless. We complain about it. We feel frustrated by it. Yet we don’t always consider other options. We don’t look for another way. We become like the giant elephant that doesn’t know he can pull the chain from the ground and walk away.

When have you come up with a great Plan B to save yourself from stress and frustration?

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