How to Have a Stress Free Holiday Season
There are presents to buy, cookies to bake, pictures to send out and that's just today.. The holiday season can be stressful, although it doesn't have to be! Follow these tips to ensure you have a happy and stress-free holiday.
1) Chuck Elf on the Shelf and Advent Calendars:
While these traditions seem "cute" and "fun" they are also a great cause of stress. Retiring these traditions will only make room for new ones and will save you a bundle of time. I know the pinterest ideas for these traditions are very alluring but they are also very timing consuming. Consider trying something new with your kids, especially if they are hitting the age of realizing that the Elf on the shelf is in fact not alive.
2) Say no:
While that sounds harsh there are just too many things going on during this time of year. You don't need to accept every holiday party invite, don't feel obligated. This is a time for you to do what you enjoy with who you enjoy, even if that means snuggling with your kids and watching one of the movies on our recent post.
3) Limit Gifts:
There it is. We said it. Not everyone in your phone book needs a gift from you. Especially if it is just some person-less item picked up last minute at the pharmacy. No one wants more junk. Limit yourself to buying gifts only for people who mean more to you and channel your time and money into getting them meaningful gifts.
4) Schedule Me Time:
This goes for always, but especially during the holiday season. You need to have time for yourself when you aren't surrounded by ribbons and bows. Even if it's something simple like having some time alone at your favorite coffee shop to catch up on your reading. Scheduling this time will make you less of a scrooge to be around.
5) Enjoy every moment - literally.
While it is easy to loose touch when you are running around like a crazy santa make sure to take a breath and enjoy the season! That's what it's all about right? Planning for the holidays is not nearly as fun as enjoying them with those you love.
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