This can be such a fun time of year with parties, family, decorations, and shopping. I love seeing all the happy displays in the stores and of course listening to the festive holiday music. We have carolers singing at the malls and parties to attend.
The other side of the holidays is that they can be stressful and sometimes depressing for people. It is easy to get overwhelmed with it all, so make sure you enjoy it by using these ideas to reduce holiday stress.
Tips to reduce holiday stress
Ok so maybe you don’t love all your relatives and after a while, the holiday songs get to be too much. It still is a magical time of year and if we focus on the positive, we can make the most of this festive time. I have a tendency to stress about finding the right gifts and baking for everyone. I have to remind myself it is not about gifts and food, but about making happy memories. Here are some things I do when I feel myself getting overwhelmed.
I don’t know about you, but I try to make things a lot of fun. My goal is to make it a magical experience and get people exactly what they want. Often that is tough to do. When that happens you can get discouraged. The best thing to do is to just let things happen. Yes, we want it to go as planned but life has a way of happening differently than expected and that is ok.
I try to adjust how I measure success. If the food didn’t turn out right, but people are happy and having fun than that is a success. Say a gift does not go over as well as expected, it is ok as you tried to be thoughtful and generous and that is what the season is about.
Prepare for unique Personalities
We are exposed to larger groups of people at the holidays. Whether it is out of town relatives or big parties, there are new people to enjoy. This can be fun if we have things in common, but there will always be some unique personalities we may not love. That is ok, as variety is the spice of life. Rather than think of it as a problem, see if there is anything you can learn from the person. You would be surprised at what interesting things people do in their lives. If you can’t find anything in common, just be kind and respectful as it is only a short period of time you are spending with them.
This is one of my problem areas, I overspend and that stresses me. We want to give the kids the latest toys or unique gifts to everyone. That adds up, especially if you have a lot of people on your gift list. Remember the holiday is not about the gifts, but about spending time with friends and loved ones. It is ok if you can only give one or two things as gifts, you are being thoughtful and sharing joy. That should be the focus.
If you have someone that does not appreciate the gift, then they are missing the point of the holiday. Just remember you tried, you were generous, and then let it go. It is not worth getting stressed about or feeling bad. Any gift given should be appreciated from a homemade card to high-end electronics. Appreciation sends out positive energy which attracts more positive things back to us. That is why it is important to always show gratitude for everything we receive.
Make time for fun
We all love things to be planned out and organized, but sometimes that takes the fun out of things. It is good to have a plan, but if it goes off course try not to stress. Going with the flow makes things more peaceful and relaxed. That calm energy will help everyone have a fun time.
The holidays come once a year, so make sure you plan time to enjoy them. Hopefully, these tips can help you reduce holiday stress and feel better about the season. Remember, this should be a fun time of year so relax, listen to some great music, spend time with family and enjoy yourself. Oh, I almost forgot, it is ok to have that extra cookie because you are burning off those calories with all the planning, parties and shopping you are doing. Just in case you were concerned.
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