I've said it a million times before -- it's the most wonderful time of year. But unfortunately for a lot of us with all the love, laughter and joy comes stress. Whether it's because of a strained relationships with family members or all of the cooking that you have to do -- there's a lot going on this time of year and it can lead to unnecessary tension and stress. I want you to enjoy Thanksgiving, eat lots and laugh with your family. I want you to have a calm and peaceful Christmas and spend time focusing on what is most important.
So here are my tips for how to have a stress free holiday:
Accept You Can't Do It All
I listed this first because it's is so necessary and a key to having a stress free holiday. The sooner you can get on board with this idea, the better. I know you're a super woman / mom / friend. But you cannot do it all for everyone. So prioritize and do your best. Accept the things you cannot do or change.
Just Buy It
Last night a friend showed me a picture of a delicious meal. I was so impressed, I immediately ask 'Did you make that?!' Without skipping a beat, he replied 'Yes! I made the money that I used to buy that!' I LOVED that answer! Understand that there are some things worth spending money on -- your time is one of them. Wherever you can -- BUY! Buy the dessert for your Thanksgiving dinner. Buy the cookies for that DIY Christmas Cookie Exchange. I promise you no one cares. Save yourself the hassle and remove extra stress this holiday season. I love this concept of being ok with good enough. Now, I know that's hard for some of us perfectionists out there but it can be a truly freeing and revolutionary concept once we accept it. So repeat after me: "Yes, it's good enough that I will buy the cake for my son's classroom party!" You get the idea :)
I am usually one to promote accepting invitations and going out in to the world to experience different events. You never know what will happen or who you will meet. But this time of year is sooooo busy to begin with. Don't add extra stress by attending every single thing you get invited to. Again, prioritize and pick the things that mean the most to you. Attend the events you actually want to attend. For everything else, just send a lovely holiday card and call it good!
Now of course I was going to include planning as one of my tips. Don't take it for granted. Spend some time now to map out your holiday party schedule, keep track of your gift list, decide what you'll be purchasing on Black Friday, organize your mailing list for holiday cards. All of these are important elements for staying organized during the holiday season. [And of course, don't forget to pick up my DIY printable stickers to make your planner look super cute as you organize! ;)]
When Life Gives You Lemons
Smell them! According to researchers at Ohio State University, the smell of lemons quickly boosts your mood. So the next time you feel stressed, use this easy and fast DIY trick to feel better instantly.
I know this should go without saying, but take care of yourself! When you are running around organizing dinners and wrapping gifts and pleasing everyone else, it's easy to get run down and exhausted. So plan some time in your weekly schedule to get a massage, read a book, watch some YouTube video on the couch, or whatever else you love to do. Do what you love! And a productivity tip: make sure you actually write it down in your planner, that way you are much more likely to do it. So Treat Yo Self! Oh and of course, I have some stickers for that! ;)
Do you have any other tips and tricks to share to help make this a stress-free and relaxed holiday season? Please do share them in the comments below!
Wishing you and yours all the very best