Who else feels like managing your stress through the holidays is all too much? The holidays should be full of joy, laughter, friends, family, and relaxation. While this can be true, there’s no denying there’s a whole lot of stress surrounding the holidays as well. From planning parties to shopping lists, the holiday stress can quickly take over the fun. Here are some ways of managing your stress through the holidays, so you can focus on the beautiful memories and enjoy yourself.
Learn to Say No to Events
Everyone starts reaching out when the holidays come around, from your distant uncles and aunts to your high-school friends you haven’t seen in years. Suddenly everyone wants to see you! While this is a beautiful thing, having back-to-back gatherings and events can get overwhelming and draining. Learning to say no will save you so much stress, and it will allow you to spend more quality time with the fewer people you want to see. Your loved ones will understand, and you can reschedule for a time after the holidays or when you are less busy.
Alternatively, you can also try and combine some of those gatherings together. That way you can save time and still catch up with some of the many.
Be Honest About Budget and Spending
Another cause of stress during the holidays is spending. Be honest and open about your budget with your loved ones. If your friends or family typically exchange gifts, suggest doing a Secret Santa this year. That way, you only have to buy one gift instead of something for everyone. You can also set a lower budget for the gifts. Nobody will mind, and maybe you even spoke up for someone else who feels stressed about the same thing.
Another lovely gift idea that can be gentle on the budget and has more meaning is handmade gifts.
Get Enough Sleep
We know the holidays are exciting, and the parties don’t stop, but sleep is critical to your mental and physical wellbeing. The excitement only gives you so much energy before you crash and feel exhausted. Try to get enough sleep this holiday season. If you have a late night, try to sleep in a few extra hours or take short naps throughout the day. If you can, don’t book back-to-back late nights so you can catch up on sleep in-between. Alcohol can also impact your sleep quality, so try to limit the drinks as much as possible. One event you might even like to nominate yourself as the designated driver.
Use Your Planner
With so much going on, it’s easy to forget an event or double-book yourself. Your planner will save you this holiday season. Carry it with you and write everything down, from your appointments to every gathering with friends and family. This way, you know exactly what’s happening, and you never have to panic last minute to get ready for an event. You can also quickly check whether you’re available for more plans or whether your calendar is fully booked.
Don’t forget to book some time out to manage your stress through the holidays as well. I love my paper planner, and have used many over the years, but you might prefer to use a digital version if papers not for you. Check out Steph Pase Planners, they are one that I’ve used and love.
Be Realistic with Expectations of Yourself
If you’re a passionate party planner, the holidays can either feel like a dream or a nightmare. From decorations to catering and everything in-between, planning a party can feel exhausting and quickly gets expensive. Be realistic and don’t expect yourself to organise the party of the year. Often, nobody will notice the missing decorations or one less appetiser. Make sure that you also enjoy yourself.
Consider making it a ‘bring-a-plate’ party and take some of the food prep work responsibilities off you. Theres nothing wrong with asking and most of the time people are only too happy to bring something along they enjoy and want to share.
Here are some more Natural Stress-Free Ways To Survive The Holidays that you might find helpful.
Managing your stress through the holidays is important to ensuring that you enjoy this season. Taking some simple steps, like these ones here, will allow you to relax, laugh, and make special memories with those special to you.