Christmas is fast approaching which for many of us means, here comes the overwhelm. The stress of shopping, gatherings, family visits, trips, and worries over finances can get to even the best of us. Well lucky for you, today I’m going to give you 8 Tips To Avoid Holliday Stress and who knows, maybe you’ll actually even enjoy the season.
So without further ado, let’s get to the tips that are going to set you free!
- REMEMBER THE REASON FOR THE SEASON
Why do you celebrate Christmas? Is It a time to enjoy family and friends? Is it the warm fuzzy feeling you get enjoying all the holiday traditions like looking at lights and drinking cocoa by the fire? Is it to celebrate the birth of the Savior? Take time to ask yourself, why do I celebrate Christmas, and then use that as a guide to keep you on track this holiday. When you get distracted or overwhelmed take time to stop and remember why you’re celebrating Christmas in the first place. You can also use this answer as a filter to help you decide what you are going to plan and do this Christmas.
2. CHOOSE TO DO LESS
What? You can actually choose to do less??? Yes, you can actually say no to a few things in order to save your sanity. Choose to do just the things that you enjoy. If there is an event on your calendar that you are dreading, save yourself the headache and politely decline to attend. Keeping your schedule easily manageable will help you avoid holiday stress.
3. PLAN AHEAD
Failing to plan is planning to fail. If you want to be successful in avoiding stress, make a plan. Plan everything you can. Make a list of who you need to buy or make gifts for. Do you make cookies to deliver to your neighbors? If so, what ingredients and supplies do you need? When are you going to bake and when are you going to deliver? What events do you have coming up? Do you need anything for any of these events? Are you cooking Christmas dinner? What’s the menu? When will you go shopping for ingredients and supplies? How are you going to seat everyone?
Are you starting to get the idea? Planning everything that you can will take away stress and give you confidence because you are prepared. But, be flexible and remember sometimes we have to adjust even the best thought out plans.
4. DON’T PROCRASTINATE
You’ve made a plan. Now, if at all possible, stick to it. Don’t procrastinate. Procrastination will just end up pilling up and stressing you out. Take care of things the first opportunity that you can.
5. STAY ON BUDGET
Finances can be a huge source of stress for people during the holiday season. If this is you, make a budget. How much will you allow for baking supplies and decorations? Who do you need to buy gifts for and how much will you allow per person? Once you make a budget, stick to it. And please, if at all possible, don’t go into debt for gifts. True friends will completely understand. Don’t get stressed or upset if you can’t buy everything you want. Remember your reason for the season. That’s what it’s all about. This leads me right to my next tip.
6. DON’T WORRY ABOUT OTHERS’ EXPECTATIONS
Don’t stress yourself out over the expectations of others. No matter how hard you try, you can’t make everyone happy all the time. We all have our own baggage that we carry through the holidays. When someone else gripes about something don’t take it personal. More than likely it has more to do with their own baggage than it does you. Just do what you can, be grateful for what you can do, and have peace in knowing you did the best you could.
7. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
During the holidays the temptation to over-indulge is around every corner. Three words ya’ll, DON’T DO IT. Whether it’s food or alcohol, over-indulging will feel great at first but, it will leave you full of regret. You’ll feel bloated, queasy, and sluggish. You know I’m right. If you’ve been striving to eat well all year it could even leave you feeling depressed. Let’s not end this year in a bloated blur. Instead actually take time to enjoy the meal time. Eat or drink just a bit and savor it. Get just enough to taste it, enjoy it, and then move on. You’re not missing out on anything but, you’re not enjoying enough to leave you feeling sick either.
Also, if you’ve been exercising don’t use the holidays as an excuse to stop. Make time each day to keep going. Start the new year with momentum and no regrets. Don’t wait for January 1 to try to get back on track.
8. CHOOSE JOY
The best way to avoid holiday stress is to choose joy. And yes, it is a choice. Just remember what the season is all about. The season won’t be remembered for the gifts you gave or what you wore to the Christmas party. It will be remembered by the joy you had and the memories you made. No matter what your situation there is something you have to be thankful for. Enjoy this season and be grateful for those things.
Merry Christmas y’all!