Let’s just put it out there, the holidays are STRESSFUL. It seems like they just appear out of no where; one minutes it’s July and the next it’s the week before Christmas and you’ve got NOTHING done! For a time that’s suppose to be joyous and fun, it ends up being hectic, stressful and you just can’t wait to get it over with. I hate that! I hate how stressful they have become! So I’m taking back my holidays with these 5 common sense tips to relieve holiday stress. They’ll bring the fun back to that time of the year so you won’t have to say, “Ugh, are the holidays over with yet?”
1. DON’T BE AFRAID TO SAY NO
So much of the stress that the holidays bring is feeling like you have to do so much. You have to decorate, cook a lot of food, go to holiday parties, have the house extra clean and sill go about your normal life. Whoa. It’s a lot. Now I’m not saying, say no to everything, but be realistic about what you have time for. Everything else, JUST SAY NO. It’s that simple! If you over complicate with all these commitments you’ve made, hello stress! We need to remember, we are only human and we only have so much time to accomplish things. Make a list and decide what’s important, everything else, JUST SAY NO.
2. GET A LITTLE EXTRA HEALTHY
Now I know what you’re thinking, “Courtney, I don’t work out the rest of the year. How do you expect me to start now! Of all times!” Hear me out! All that holiday stress runs us down and then we’re more likely to get sick. When you’re over-worked, stressed or tired, your immune system weakens and next thing you know, you’ll be in bed for a week eating chicken noodle soup! So, make it a goal to take a walk after work 2 times a week. You could switch out a couple nights of chips for healthier options. Sipping on more water and orange juice can do wonders as well! I should note, too much orange juice is not good, so don’t over do it! Just one change can help keep you from getting sick and feel more energized to combat everything that has to get done. Just be sure to set real goals you can accomplish.
3. DO SOMETHING FOR YOURSELF
I like to call this a little me time. This could be watching Netflix by yourself for an hour, going on a walk alone, or taking a bubble month once a week. By the way, I have a fantastic bath tub tray for you that would be the cherry on top of the sundae for your relaxing bath. (Scroll to bottom of the post to get it.) The important notes there are alone, relaxing and stress-free. I’m going to be real, me time is something you should be doing all year long! I know I make it a priority. It doesn’t need to cost anything or be for a long time. It allows you to unwind and stay sane. When it’s done, you’ll feel rested and maybe even have a new perspective on something that’s been stressing you! Since the holidays can be especially crazy, a little me time is a MUST.
4. PLAN AHEAD WHEN POSSIBLE
This one is pretty obvious. The more you can get done ahead of time, the easier the day of will be. Precook some dishes or decorate a few days before the party. No need to save all of these jobs for the day of or even a couple days before. Are you making any casseroles for Thanksgiving? Make them now and freeze them. Have center pieces for the Christmas dinner table? Make it a weekend project now, keep them in the closet or garage and then pull them out the day before. Set yourself up for successful people! Delegate things. Usually for my family holiday dinners, each family is responsible for bringing things. One family is in charge of desserts, while another is in charge of drinks. Besides, the whole meaning of holidays is coming together, bring something to the table and sharing our lives with each other. Of course with all this planning you’re doing, something is bound to go wrong, so just go with the flow! Shit happens and sometimes there’s nothing you can do about it and that’s okay!
5. REMEMBER WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT
The best thing you can do to take stress out of the holiday season is to remember why we do it all! The look on someones face when they open a presents, the family games played after dinner, the way the house smells after cooking all day, the decorations making each room look a little extra special, and I could go on! The memories created during these times last a lifetime. So when you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed and plain tired, remember these 5 common sense tips to relieve holiday stress.
What makes you stressed during the holidays? How do you cope?