Hi Everyone! I don’t know about you, but my calendar is booked up for the next couple of weeks! It seems like between work, family, and friends that there is something going on almost every day this month! That can get extremely overwhelming. So today I want to share with you some ways to have a stress free holiday, if that’s even possible!
These tips hopefully will help you eliminate some stress, but I think it’s probably impossible to get rid of all of it this time of year. 🙂
It always seems like Christmas sneaks up on me. I don’t do my Christmas shopping until December 23rd, I don’t plan ahead for any parties or gathering, and I am scrambling to get everything organized, bought, and wrapped before we host Christmas. I usually forget to do a Christmas card until the week before, so we’re lucky if people get it by Christmas. But, this year I decided that I wasn’t going to wait until the last minute to do everything. That way I can get a lot of stuff done early and when new things pop up I won’t stress over them. I have learned from my past mistakes and am going to share some ways that I am reducing my stress this holiday.
Plan! Plan! Plan!
Making lists and getting organized will help you to visualize what you need to do. That will help you to not feel so overwhelmed and it will give a plan of action. It may even help if you set deadlines for yourself.
The first thing I did this year was to get organized. This was a lifesaver! I started right after Thanksgiving and made lots of lists. I made a list of everyone I was going to buy for and what I was going to get them.
The next thing I did was to make a list of some easy and quick dishes that I could make to take somewhere last minute.
Then, I made a list for each individual event. I wrote down the dates, times, and what needed to be done in advance to prepare.
I made a list of what secret Santa or gift exchanges that I would be doing and planned what I would buy. I planned each one of our Christmas celebrations. We are hosting one, so I planned the meal. Then I also went ahead and planned what dishes I would be taking to all of the others we are attending.
Get it Done!!
Do as much as you can in advance. That way you can enjoy the month and not stress at the last minute.
As soon as I had my lists, I put all of it in to action. I did everything that I could in advance. I had a ton of stuff done by the first week in December. I started ordering gifts online in November. By December 7, I had all but one person done. I got our Christmas card done and in the mail. I wrapped all of my presents, I sent out invitations for the work party that I was co-hosting. I got everything done that I could in advance so I could enjoy this month and not be constantly worrying about what I needed to be doing.
This one is hard to do. But, sometimes it’s a necessity. This time of the year is stressful enough. When you are pulled in a million different ways, it can be tough to keep adding things to your plate. Sometimes for your own sanity, you just have to say no. There are not always enough hours in the day to do what needs to be done, and you can’t stress yourself out over everything. You need to be able to enjoy the holidays.
For more tips on how to avoid holiday stress, hop on over to Polyglot Jot. Heather has some great tips as