Don’t Freak Out. Steps to overcome Party Freak Out Mode.

Several things can cause party freak out mode.  You know what I mean by party freak out mode don’t you?  All of a sudden you begin feeling anxious, questioning all your decisions, feeling fat, running out of cash flow, and well… freaking out.

Avoid Party Freak Out.  It'll be OK.

Avoid Party Freak Out. It'll be OK.

 

1.  Take a deep breath.

2.  Repeat: I’ll be ok. 

3. Go to my websiteand download my party planning ebook.  It’ll keep you on track and on budget. 

 But if you haven’t had a chance to do that, don’t despair.  I love ya anyway.  All you need to do is remind yourself why you’re having the party, and what the main goal is.  I am hoping this is to celebrate something special and have a good time.

RE-ASSES.  What is the right now (try to pinpoint, one at a time) dilemma that I am having? 

  • Is there an alternative?

Remember we are focusing on one dilemma at a time here.  Do not give a run down of everything bad that’s happening and who’s to blame.  If one issue is focused on you can find a way to fix it.  Write the issue down to help you focus.  Take a five minute break to regroup and look at what you wrote down.  What can be done?  Maybe this element can be left out or altered in someway to fit your restraints.  If you’re still freaking out enlist help of a good friend.

 

  • Is there someone I can call for help?

Seriously, swallow your pride and have someone help.  You don’t need to go it alone.  It’ll do you good to get a fresh perspective, but give yourself a 5 minute cool down time.  We don’t want to sound like a blubbering fool while asking for help.  But if you must, you must.  It’s ok.
  • Do you need a nap?  Have you eaten today?  Is TOM in town? 

It may be that your body is causing momentary freak out responses.  Make sure you answer the above questions, and you may find the cause and a quick fix.

 

  • If I were to rate it on a scale of 1-10, 1 being fairly annoying, 10 being tsunami has hit, where does it fall?

My mom always used this on me when I was a kid.  Anytime I displayed freak out like behaviour, she quickly told me to rate it.  This helped me regain perspective.  Another way to do this is by using the “then what?” question.  Warning, it can get annoying, but it IS effective.  Ask yourself, “what if _____happens, then what?”  And keep going until you realize, you’re probably gonna be OK.

I hope this helped.  Stop freaking out, it’ll be OK.

 

 I hope this gives your perspective, and a minute to laugh.  Parties are fun and celebrations are important, but sometimes we get caught up in the emotion of it all and give little items way too much credit.  Chances are you’re party will still happen, it will still be fun, and you will have hopefully lived through it.  So when it rains on your parade, just smile and turn it into a wet tshirt contest.  When the cake slides of the stand, just offer pile o cake.  It tastes the same.  Sure it’s disappointing, but don’t let circumstances dictate your level of joy.  “This too shall pass.”

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