The stress of the holiday season can be immense. There are so many things to do to get ready. There are lots of holiday parties to attend. There is lots of gift shopping to do. There are lots of family members to be seen. The stress can lead to fights with loved ones or sickness or even depression. We want you to be at peace this holiday season, so here is a survival guide.
No matter how much there is to get done, set aside some time to relax. If you’re not well rested, you can end up sick or at war with your family. Nothing is so important that you can’t take time out for a well needed rest.
2. Plan Ahead
There are lots of obligations and activated and shopping to do, so make a list. Write down everything that needs to get done, along with a date it needs to be completed by. Then, take your list and put it in order of priority. This way, if time runs out, the least important item gets left out. 🙂
3. Enjoy the Festivities!
Chances are that you have lots of Christmas parties to attend, whether it’s at the office, with family, with friends, at church, or whatever. Even though they can be difficult to fit into a busy schedule, enjoy them while you’re there.
4. Make a Shopping Budget
It’s easy to run up the credit cards with lots of gift buying. Those bills will add to your stress level when they come in, so why not budget your shopping list. Pick a total spending amount. List all the people you plan to buy a gift for. Decide how much of the budget goes to each person. Example: If you have $1,000 to spend and 20 people to buy gifts for, that’s $50 per person. So if you want to spend more on a few people on the list, that means you have to spend less on a few people too.
The holiday season is all about celebration, so remember to enjoy it. Play your favorite Christmas music in the car. Put up festive decorations. Bake some cookies. Drink hot cocoa. Sit by a cozy fire. Go sledding. Take a sleigh ride. (For us here in Orlando, go to a theme park in shorts because it’s still warm.) Do whatever it is about the season that you enjoy the most.
Merry Christmas to All & a very Happy New Year!!