The holiday season brings a great deal of joy and warmth. There’s something extra special about this time of year — but it doesn’t come without challenges. A great deal of added stress is seemingly dumped on our plates, and we find it hard to catch our breath. The pressure of finding gifts, rushing around attending added events, hosting people at your home, visiting relatives you miss during the year and even having to deal with those that aren’t always a joy to be around. Maybe this is the time to talk about how to have a stress free holiday season?
This season really can be enjoyable and heart-warming, even with the stress involved. Walking into this time of year with a great mindset and some helpful reminders gets me through every year… and I’d love to share my tips on how I do this with you.
For a Stress-Free Holiday Season …
Remember Perfection Doesn’t Really Exist
So your cookies turned out like blobs. Your lights aren’t lighting up. Your kids just made a mess of your clean house moments before the guests are arriving. Surrender your vision of what perfect is and just let it go. The only thing the people in your life care about is being with you!
Don’t feel bad about saying “no.”
You can’t do it all. There’s no reason you need to go to every party and event from now through New Year’s. Decide which ones are most important to you and politely decline the others. Spreading yourself too thin isn’t good for anyone. You’ll enjoy the holiday season far more if it doesn’t zoom by in a blink.
Stay away from crash diets
We’ve talked about reasonable ways to handle healthy eating during the holidays before. Please don’t decide to starve yourself to compensate for the extra calories you had or are going to have at that holiday party! If you do slip up, forgive yourself and make a point to be more mindful. Don’t punish yourself for any mistakes. Just move forward with better decisions. Hint: my From Diet To Edit book can help you with those decisions!
Know that asking for help is okay
Let me repeat: you can’t do it all. Let family and friends help out when they offer. They can bring a dish, grab something from the store on their way, or help with the dishes afterward. If you have to go to someone’s party and don’t have the time to make something, grab something pre-made from the store. There comes a time when we all need help and learning how to accept it will be incredibly beneficial for your sanity.
Make time for yourself
Women, in particular, spend less than 30 minutes a day on themselves. Go for a run, get a limited-edition special-roasted coffee at the corner café and sit there sipping in peace, read a book, take a bath, or make time with your best friend to just have one-on-one time without your kids tagging along. These simple activities will renew your mind and spirit like nothing else. We can’t give from an empty cup – fill up!
Remember, the holidays are about joy. Find yours within, and you’ll be able to spread more of it around. What makes you feel most joyful? Focus on that!