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

A long line at the supermarket

Grocery shopping around the holidays can be excruciatingly painful.

In recent years I’ve done my shopping earlier and earlier, simply because the crowds are more than I can manage. 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 grub 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. People couldn’t even push their carts down the aisle because the line for the checkout extended to the middle of the store in every aisle. At one point, my husband called me to ask if I just wanted to bail…but then we had an idea.

Since we weren’t shopping for groceries, we might have 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.

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 our 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?

Stacy Fisher-Gunn
Stacy Fisher-Gunn

I'm a Self-Care Coach, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, Author, and Founder of Living Upp. This community is a reflection of my desire to create an inspiring gathering place for people who want to explore self-care and live up to their fullest potential.

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