The holidays stress me out
Surely I’m not the only one.
Instead of being kind and generous, I end up frazzled and stressed. I snap at my family and end up in tears, feeling like a Grinch.
Ready to make this holiday season your best? Here are my best tips for minimizing stress and surviving the holiday season.
Early preparation can be vital for any big event, including Thanksgiving and Christmas.
While you’re working on beach and ocean crafts in June, start thinking about ideas for gifts or events you’d like to schedule.
Take time to talk with your husband about what he wants for the holidays. Does sending Christmas cards rank high on his list, or would he rather drive around and see Christmas lights?
Set some goals TOGETHER, then work as a team to make your holidays special. My pal Angie had this discussion with her husband and saved herself loads of stress.
Take Time for Yourself
Long before Dec 1st, take a look at your calendar. Be sure to leave some open days to decompress or get your hair done.
Leave room in your schedule for coffee with your girlfriends or dinner with your husband.
Eat Right and Exercise
You won’t be at your best if you’re only drinking coffee and scarfing down Christmas cookies all day long.
Make sure you’re getting plenty of protein, calcium and water. Push away the cookie tray and get some vegetables instead.
Don’t overlook the importance of exercise during this time of year. It will help keep your mind balanced, as well as helping to ward off the after Christmas scale changes.
Keep It Simple
Comparing yourself to others is always a confidence killer. It breeds resentment.
Let other folks knock themselves out with elaborate Elves on the Shelves ideas and perfectly decorated Christmas trees. Choose things that are important to you and your family and stick to them. You’ll be able to breathe a bit easier out of the rat race. Keep things simple.
Create a Golden Rule
Coming from a divorced family, my holidays as a child were horribly stressful. I remember being away from home, being shuffled from house to house.
As an adult, I have to work hard to push down the feelings of anxiety that start creeping up when the holidays draw near.
I’ve created a Golden Rule for my family. We only attend ONE holiday get together a day. As much as I’d love to see every person in my extended family on Christmas Day, I’m not hauling many small children all over town. That’s a recipe for disaster.
Instead, we spread Christmas celebrations out over a week or more. This way, my children can spend more time with our family and not be so overwhelmed.
Go Easy on Yourself
You don’t have to have a house that’s decorated from top to bottom, perfectly wrapped gifts under the tree and a seven course holiday meal to make Christmas special.
Take an honest look at past Christmas seasons. Pick out the memories that touch your heart.
Need more ideas about holiday planning without losing your mind? You can watch the iHomeschool Hangout for more ideas on Holiday Preparation.
Remember to let your holiday season fit you and your family, not what you see in the magazines.
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