Many people love the Christmas holidays and everything that comes with it; being with family and friends, food, traveling, and whatever else it is that you do during this time of the year.
Unfortunately, there are also many people who dread this time of the year simply because it brings added stress into their lives. Dealing with family can be a hard time, maybe you’re run down from work that you don’t feel like traveling or even cooking a big meal.
While the holidays can be a fun and joyous time, things such as preparing your home for the holidays, social gatherings, shopping, and even being around so many people can be a little too much to handle.
If you are one of the many people that feel like there is additional stress in their lives because of the holidays, there are a few things that you can do to help minimize that added stress and have a fun and joyful holiday season.
- Plan Ahead. Start making a list of things that you need to do for Christmas early in advance. Some people start doing this a few months before Christmas just to make sure that they have everything that they need and gifts bought for everyone. Also, make a list of the people you would like to buy gifts for and what ideas that you have for the gift. Make a list of what decorations that you will need as well as any food or travel arrangements.
- Make A Change. Sometimes just a simple change can make a big difference. If there is something about the holidays that drives you crazy, such as maybe going to a relative’s house that you dread going to, try to make a change by having the party or the family dinner at your house. If you hate sending out Christmas cards each year, have your spouse or kids help with that task.
- Keep Things Simple. There’s really no reason to overboard. One of the main causes of stress during the holidays is over planning and setting unrealistic expectations for yourself. If you’re hosting a holiday party or dinner at your house, try to keep things simple. Make a list of the things that are necessary such as food and decorations. Remember that you do not have to do everything by yourself for everything to be “perfect”.
- Shop Online. Many people do not like getting out in the Christmas crowd and dealing with strangers. If this is you, shop online. That is what it is there for! It’s easy, fast, and best of all, your orders come right to your door. You can also shop for your food online!
- Set A Budget. Speaking of shopping online, it is always a good idea to set a budget when you are purchasing Christmas gifts. While you may want to spend as much as you can when you find that perfect gift for someone, you always have to remember that you still have those monthly bills to pay, which can even create more stress if you don’t get those paid! Try looking for a realistic gift and make sure that you do not overspend on each person. Maybe set a budget to $10 or $20 per person that you are buying for. Having a budget while buying gifts will make things easier for you later on.
The most important thing to remember during Christmastime is to have FUN! Try to relax, be around people you love and love you back and make memories!
Do you have any tips that can help lower your stress during the holidays? We would love to hear from you!