It is hard to believe it’s almost October! That means Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Years are just around the corner. With 2020 going by so fast, it will be here before we know it. If we are not under enough stress as it is with this pandemic, one thing is for sure; we do not need the added stress of the holidays too. This is why I wanted to share with you 5 stress-free tips to use during the holiday season.
Preparing for the holidays should be a favorite time of year, but it can be stressful for some people. While holidays should bring happy memories, some people develop seasonal depression from losing a loved one or financial strain, especially during this pandemic. So how does one go about not stressing over the holiday season? The following is a list of 5 stress-free tips for the holidays that you can start doing now.
Planning is vital, and if not done correctly, the remaining things will only add to the stress.Being able to plan will take that overwhelming feeling away, which is the number one contributor to holiday stress. When feeling anxious because there is so much to do, in a short amount of time, it not only takes the joy away but also makes a person feel like they have lost control. Taking the time to plan prevents all that from happening.
Another stress trigger is thinking about all the money that has to be spent on gifts, decorating, and food/drinks.That does not include travel for the holidays. This year might look a little different, with fewer people traveling, but it is still a factor. The only way to win here is by creating a budget and sticking to it. If a stress-free holiday is the goal going beyond your financial means will kill any chance of it. Be open and honest about it to family and friends. Trust they will understand, and if they don’t, DO NOT cave in. Remember whom this is affecting, so make certain boundaries are in place.
Make a list of gifts that need to be purchased and start shopping early to buy things on sale. This is where planning ahead also comes into play. If being on a tight budget is a concern, consider only giving to the kids this year or making DIY gifts. Pinterest has endless ideas for this. Woman’s Day Magazine has a great post on 56 Great Gift Wrapping Ideas for the Most Festive Holiday Ever.
Learn to say no. No to going to every party invited to. No to agreeing to host a party if deep down it is not what you want to do. No to cooking or baking. No to spending holidays with people who cause stress. Everyone is allowed to say no and put their mental health first.
The smell of pumpkin pie, bread, cake, cookies, and lattes can cause anyone to tip the scale without even realizing it.We all know we look forward to all the scrumptious food and drinks that come with the holiday season. We look forward to them every year, and we should enjoy them. However, it is one thing to enjoy them and another to overindulge because the latter always makes us regret it later. Whether it is all the weight gain or feeling guilty of eating so many unhealthy foods, we tell ourselves it is okay because we will eat healthier or lose the New Year’s weight. The reality is that people push stress triggers for the new year, but is that the way to start a new year? Instead, make a conscious decision to enjoy the holiday food and treats but be mindful of how much is consumed. This way, one gets to enjoy the holidays but without any regret.
Leave perfection at the door.If there was ever a year to do it, it is this year. This year has been so far from perfect. Why would anyone want to add the stress of perfection onto it? This year should be about being with loved ones and showing gratitude for still being here.
This holiday season does not need to be stressful or exhausting, and it shouldn’t be. Following these five tips will allow everyone to enjoy the upcoming holidays and start the New Year feeling relaxed and ready to put 2020 behind them. If you’re looking for some holiday gift ideas, take a look at my Favorites Gift Ideas.
Remember to breathe, keep calm, and enjoy the festivities!
Love ❤️ Becca
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