Plan Ahead To Avoid Holiday Stress

Rudolph is getting ready for Christmas. Are you?

Rudolph is getting ready for Christmas. Are you?

Every year, you see the same reports on the news – more and more people find Christmas to be more stressful than enjoyable. Planning parties, making gift lists and decorating can be fun, but it can quickly spiral into out of control “to do” list if you don’t set priorities early. Take some time now to set your priorities for the holiday season and you’ll stay in control and reduce stress!

Set Your Priorities

You want to do it all, but at the end of the day, you’re only one person. Sit with your family and ask them for their favorite holiday activities. Pick a handful and stick with those. If everyone loves baking cookies and searching for the Elf On A Shelf, but they’re not as into a sledding trip as they used to be, then pass on the sledding!

Focus On Your Family

We can’t control what others do. Neighbors have their lights up already and yours are still in a ball in the basement? Already got Christmas cards from your aunt and you haven’t even bought your stamps? No sweat. You’re only responsible for your family, and it’s not fair to compare yourself to anyone else, even though it’s tempting. Once you have your priorities, stay true to them!

Take Your Time

The Christmas Season is just that – a season. Give yourself lots of time to get all your tasks done. If you try to cram everything in on Christmas Eve, you’ll get no where. Shop early for all your Christmas Gifts and then carve out some “me time”. You’ll be much more relaxed and stay present and focused in each holiday activity as they happen if you slow down and breathe a bit.

Christmas is only as stressful as you let it become! Use these tips to have an enjoyable and healthy holiday season.

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