It’s the time of the year again! Everywhere is crowded with people. Holiday lighting brighten up the night sky and, Christmas music is in in the air. You’re making a list, and checking it twice….then you check it again and again… worrying you might be missing someone or something.
All the parties, shopping, baking, cleaning, entertaining, to name just a few - it is no wonder holiday season can bring stress and depression.
According to a report published by termlife2go.com, Oklahoma is of the most holiday-stressed states! While to some people the holiday season can be fun and full of excitement, unfortunately it can be stressful and depressing to others. So today I thought I’d blog a few practical tips on how to cope with holiday stress.
Remember holidays don’t have to be perfect. Know that things don’t always go as planned and it’s okay to just go with the flow. Focus on what’s more important, such as spending quality time and making memory with family and friends. Set realistic expectations. As family grows, it can get increasingly difficult for everyone to get together in the same place at the same time.
You can’t make everyone happy. Don’t over-schedule yourself and try to be at every party you’re invited to. Stop doing or attending what causes you more stress than joy.
Have a budget. This is probably the most common stress during the holiday season. You don’t have to fulfill every item on the wish list. Decide how money you can afford to spend and stick with it. Budget everything, from food to shopping.
Plan ahead. Schedule your day and stick with it as much as you can. Set aside specific days for shopping, baking, decorating, cleaning, visiting friends and etc. This way you will be more productive and efficient about your day.
Don’t be a super-human. No one expects you to do it all. Ask for help and delegate chores if possible. Make sure you line up help for party prep and cleanup.
Shop online whenever possible. I find online shopping is less stressful. Trying to navigate in a crowded mall looking for gifts is probably the most stressful situation anyone can put themselves in but unless you really enjoy shopping in a crowded mall.
I hope you found this blog useful. Don’t let the holidays become something you dread. With a little planning, and setting realistic expectations for yourself and others, you can take control of your holidays. I hope you find peace and joy during the holidays... Merry Christmas to you and your family!