The holidays are comingT he holiday season is a time for joy, but it can also be a time of stress. If you’re struggling to keep up with the demands of the holidays, there are some things you can do to make it less stressful. If in years gone by, stress has taken the fun out of this wonderful time of the year, then I say, it’s time to put the “jolly” back in your holidays, and create cherished holiday memories with these proven strategies.
- Acknowledge that everything doesn’t need to be perfect
- Start holiday planning and preparations earlier
- Simplify wherever you can when planning and holding festive celebrations
- Stick to your budget
- Scale down your holiday plans
- Ponder what you really want to do to celebrate the holidays
- Talk with family members and friends about what they want to do
- Plan celebrations that express what the holidays truly mean for you
- Identify old family traditions. Which ones do you love?
- Opt to keep holiday traditions that bring you joy and happiness
- Give yourself permission to let go of old traditions that you aren’t fond of
- Establish start and stop times for parties
- Take shortcuts like buying pre-made pies to save time
- Examine options for pre-made meals or catering services
- Promptly ask for help when you need it
- Inform all prospective attendees of your holiday plans in advance
- Discuss challenging issues in advance with a person who tends to create tension
- Use place cards to assign seating in efforts to avoid tension-filled holiday gatherings
- Short-circuit disagreeable family discussions by interrupting or changing the subject
- Make a gift list, considering the amount of money you can comfortably spend
- Cut down your gift list
- Shop early and make notes about where to get low-cost gifts
- Ask for gift suggestions from the people on your gift list
- Consider giving gift cards to save time and precious energy
- Suggest a family name-drawing to reduce gift expenditures
- Reduce the amount of money you spend overall for the holidays and per gift
- Avoid making credit card purchases at holiday time
- Think about making homemade food gifts to save dollars at holiday time
- Shop early and place gifts in a gift drawer so you’ll be ready for the holidays
- Schedule time to be with your kids for some special holiday moments
- Keep the kids busy with holiday crafts. They’ll enjoy it and you can get more done.
- Take time daily to meditate, even if only for a few minutes
Don’t let the stress of the holidays, ruin what should be a happy, joyful time. Use these tips, share them with your perpetually stressed out friend/loved one. Follow blog!
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To Your Success,