The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and giving, but for many people, they can also be stressful. Between work, family and the holidays themselves, you often feel like you’re going in a million different directions. With so much going on, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the stress of the season. Luckily, there are some ways you can reduce your holiday stress and here are some tips to help.
Create a budget.
You don’t have to spend a fortune on presents or food.
Create a budget for yourself so you know how much money you have to spend, and stick with it. That way, you won’t go overboard buying gifts, decorating your home, or hosting parties. It’s essential that this time of year doesn’t leave you feeling broke when all is said and done.
Focus on the little things during the holidays.
Don’t get so caught up in all of the holiday hoopla that you miss out on family time or important traditions. While you can rush around to a million events and activities, it’s really about spending quality time with your loved ones and creating memories together. Remember: no matter how small they are, these moments add up over time and make the time special because they’re shared between people who love each other.
Keep some “me” time throughout the holiday season.
It’s okay if you have to take some time for yourself every now and again, especially during the holidays when everyone seems to be pulling at your sleeves. You don’t have to go out of your way to find it, just carve a few minutes here or there in between all of the party planning, gift shopping, and cooking so that you can relax by yourself for a little each day. A bubble bath after wrapping presents will do wonders for your stress levels and overall mood.
Create traditions…but not too many!
Traditions are great, but it’s important to keep things simple especially when you’re stressed out. Don’t get too caught up in creating a ton of new holiday traditions if that means adding even more stress into the mix! Keep some family favorites while also finding time for yourself and your loved ones throughout this season so everything doesn’t feel like a chore.
Consider outsourcing some things.
If you’re hosting a party this year and don’t have the time or energy to decorate, cook all of your favorite foods, and clean, then consider outsourcing some of your holiday to do’s. Your favorite grocery store can shop for your order so that you just have to pick it up (or even have it delivered). You can pick up cookies at your local bakery or talk to your favorite restaurant about catering a few key dishes. And, of course, Mini Maid is here to help make sure your home looks its absolute best.
Get plenty of sleep.
It’s much easier to manage stress when you’re well-rested, so get plenty of sleep this season. Try going to bed at the same time each evening instead of burning the midnight oil and waking at the same time each day. Your body will thank you for it!
Spend some time volunteering.
Volunteering is a great way to take your mind off of everything else going on this season. You’ll be around others who are also doing good for the community and perhaps even meet some new people! It’s a great way for you to reflect on the blessings in your life and give back to others during the holidays.
Don’t let the holidays stress you out with an endless to-do list and a packed calendar! Use these tips to make them all that you want and keep the stress at bay!