It’s the time of the year when schedules get overloaded, diets go out the window, and time to relax seems as real as a big guy in a red suit who comes down your chimney and gives you things for free.
For me, and I think for a lot of us, this means that stress levels run high around the holidays. This is a tragedy because it should be the most wonderful time of the year!
Here are 4 of my personal tips for having a less stressful holiday season:
1. Plan Ahead – Ok, this is a given right? But if you have a week(s) full of parties, present deliveries, volunteering and work/gym/usual commitments you need to be prepared. Make sure to have gifts purchased in advance (as much as possible), keep hostess gifts handy (really all year long), and prep as many meals as possible to keep one more thing off(or on) your plate!
2. Amazon Prime – I was not compensated to say this. Amazon Prime is a LIFESAVER during the holidays. Not only for gifts but for anything, and I mean anything, you could need. It comes to your doorstep in two days, with free shipping. Don’t feel like leaving your house at all for holiday shopping? Have decorations, gifts, wrapping paper and even groceries delivered to your slipper-clad feet!
3. Learn to Say No – There is always so much going on this time of the year. Often time we let it overload us to the point that it is no longer enjoyable, but more of a burden. It’s ok to say no to things. No, really! If you can’t make it to every single ugly sweater party, or you can’t help your mom bake cookies, or you need to turn your gym buddy down one day, it’s OK. Life will go on. People will still love you. Do what you need to do for you. Prioritize what events and activities are most
important to you and go to those, but don’t overload yourself.
4. Slow Down - Take time to enjoy. Savor the moments. Sit by the fire. Drink hot cocoa. Decompress, relax, and enjoy the little things!