Four Tips for A Stress-Free Holiday Season

There’s 10 more days until Christmas! I love the holidays, and the opportunity to celebrate with the ones I love, but the holidays are one of the most stressful times of the year. Not only is there so much to do and prepare, but for many of us we have obligations at work that need to be completed before the end of the year.  We have holiday parties to go to, and gifts to buy. It can feel like you are being pulled into a million different directions. I want to give you some tips that have helped me to stay partially sane during the holidays.

  1. Don’t hesitate to Say No: You have a day filled with meetings and calls, have to run out to finish some last minute shopping, and then you get invited to a holiday party. You had plans to head home and try to get some rest, but feel obligated to attend. You tell yourself I’ll only stay for an hour, grab one drink, do a lap, and head home. We’ve all been there. What starts as one hour turns into two. You finally leave and get home only to stay up late, and are exhausted and agitated the following day. Don’t be afraid to say no. You cannot possibly attend every single event or do everything all at once. No is also a complete sentence. You owe no one an explanation, a simple I can’t make it will suffice.
  2. Find Easier Solutions to Your Problems: Shopping for Gifts can be enjoyable, but it also a huge time suck. If you cannot spend the hours walking from store to store, then do your shopping online. It will cut down the time you spend shopping in half ,and you can also sometimes get your gifts wrapped. All you have to do is open a box and put it under the tree!
  3. You Can Not Do Everything All at Once: You have 3 potluck dinners to go to and need to pick up 4 gifts for Secret Santa. While it would be great to make all those meals, and really put some thought into your gift giving sometimes that is not going to happen. If you need to buy some already pre-made food do that and don’t feel bad about it. If you need to buy 4 of the same bottles of wine, do that and now you’re done! On to the next.
  4. Make Some Time for Yourself: One of the things I always do for myself for the holidays is get my nails done. It doesn’t matter how many things I have to do or places to go, I carve out those hours for myself. It helps to ground me in the moment and the season, and allows me a small respite from growing to do list. Whatever you need to do for you then do it. If it’s a yoga class, taking a bath, or just an hour to sit down and not be bothered by anyone then take that time for yourself. If you are wearing yourself too thin, you will be of no help to anyone.

I hope these tips help you to have an amazing and less stressful holiday season! Happy Holidays!

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