5 Tips For a Less-Stressed Holiday
I asked some of my Facebook friends to share some of their best advice because what is stressful for me may not be stressful for everyone else and getting other perspectives is more helpful. What I learned most was to be prepared; make lists (be like Santa-check ’em twice); start early; don’t over volunteer; be willing to say “no.”
Don’t do ALL. THE. THINGS. Choose instead, to do what is most important to you. Do only things you love. Hate baking? Don’t do it. Find a bakery or an at-home cottage baker for your homemade treats. Don’t hold on to traditions that you aren’t absolutely loving anymore. If you’re not crafty, don’t put pressure to make one-of-a-kind handmade, from the heart gifts. Shop places like Etsy or local makers for that handmade feel.
Make the Everyday Easier
The day-to-day chores like housecleaning and meal making still need to be attended to during the holiday season. Make them easier by simplifying. Make ahead freezer meals at-the-ready will save time and frustration. Spot clean daily so you’re not rushing to deep clean at the last minute right before your holiday guests show up.
Make Me Time a Priority
“Self care” is a term we’re hearing a lot these days. Take time for yourself, whether it’s sitting down for tea, seeing a movie alone, or visiting a library or museum by yourself. Listen to holiday music while you wrap presents. Treat yourself to your favorite seasonal scents; perfume and candles! Stash a good quality chocolate and indulge once a week when the family is tucked in.
Eat healthy. Drink plenty of water. Get sleep. You know, all those things your mom has been telling you all these years. If you feel drained try an all natural energy shot like this one (sponsored link here, friends).
How do you handle stress during the holiday? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below or you can join the discussion over at the Desperately Seeking Gina Facebook page.
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