As much as we love the excitement that comes with the holiday season, it's also a time that can easily pile on a ton of stress
— between the overwhelming amount of visits to plan, parties to attend, gifts to buy, holiday guests to host, and so much more. So how do you enjoy the holiday magic while not succumbing to all the potential hassles and headaches? Keep these tips in mind.
1. It's Okay to Fill Your Own Cup First
If there is ever a time to give yourself some extra TLC, this is it. It is so important to take good care of yourself; to keep your body strong and spirit centered. Eating healthy foods, getting regular exercise and a good night's sleep, all play such an important part in keeping your cool. Allow yourself a chance to disconnect and give yourself the gift of “me” time. Remember, if you don’t take care of yourself, you’ll be no good to anyone else. Continuing to practice healthy habits during the holiday madness will help you stay strong, focused and ready to deal with stress as it comes your way.
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2. Have a Plan of Action
Putting your calendar to use and having a “to do” list can be a huge help in keeping all the holiday activities in order. Not only will these methods keep you on task, but will also serve as a great daily reminder and way to stay ahead of potential stress. The more prepared you are, the easier it will be to manage your time and accomplish your goals.
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3. Set Boundaries and Expectations Before the Family Arrives
As much as we love our families, we know
the kind of stress that can come with the holiday gatherings. This year may prove to be especially stressful for many of us, with tense political conversations gripping the country. This is the perfect time to remind your family that this is the season for hope, kindness, and gratitude. Set clear boundaries and expectations about what kind of behavior will and will not be tolerated. There will always be situations that are unavoidable, but if you know of a potential issue, better to clear the air in advance and have everyone on the same page.
4. Between That To-Do LIst, Plan Time To Indulge in Holiday Fun, Too
There are so many
activities and things to do during the holiday months. So find time to relax and enjoy the spirit of the season by indulging in some of the fun, too. Whether it be baking, crafting, shopping, or creating delicious meals, now is the time to embrace it all! Taking time to enjoy the things that make you feel happy, will leave you caring less about the things that cause you stress. Whatever it is that you love to do most this time of year, dive in.
5. Give Gifts You Can Afford and Feel Good About
Let’s face it, despite our best intentions, gift-giving can be costly and stressful. But just remember this: Giving a gift to someone you love should make you feel good. It’s no fun to hand out gifts while worrying about the financial turmoil you’ll face once the holidays are over. Setting a budget, following sale ads, and utilizing layaway options are all great ways to buy the gifts you want without emptying your bank account. This is also a great way to decide what stores you’ll need to visit in person and which gifts you can buy online. Being prepared with a gift buying plan of action will save you so much time, effort, and stress when it comes to purchasing items for the ones you love.
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The chance for a low-stress holiday season, is one of the best gifts you could ever give to yourself. You deserve to experience the love, fun and inspiration that comes with this season, while still keeping a calm head on your shoulders. With some thoughtful planning and preparation, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the special moments with family and friends.