From cooking and shopping to taking care of your friends and family, the holiday season can be particularly stressful. Trying to keep up with the endless to-dos doesn’t have to cause unnecessary anxiety in your life. You can keep this holiday season merry and bright by using these stress-reducing ideas.
Stock up on gift wrapping, cards and any other bags or boxes early. And when you think you have enough, purchase more, so you’re not stuck scrambling for things last minute (and if you have extra, you’ll be prepared for next year). Also, consider purchasing holiday items in January when everything goes on sale so you’re well-prepared for next year’s festivities.
When it comes to shopping for gifts or food, make game plans for how you’ll tackle everything. Map out trips to stores so you can make the most of your time and prevent yourself from getting distracted, and shop before you shop the grocery store—take inventory of what you currently have so you don’t accidentally purchase more than what you need.
Don’t forget to sit back and enjoy time with your loved ones. While you’re decorating, making holiday treats or wrapping gifts, remember to stop, take in your surroundings and savor the little moments. Create new traditions and make time for old ones, watch your favorite holiday movies, listen to your holiday playlist and spend some time sharing (and making!) memories with your kids.
Take time for yourself
You can’t take care of everyone else if you don’t take care of yourself first, so it’s important for you make time to unwind and relax. If you have daily rituals, like spending some time reading a book or taking a bath on a Friday night, stick to them. Don’t compromise the things that make you happy for a task that can wait until the next day. Also, if you find doing something new will make you happy, like volunteering at your local shelter or filling a shoe box with toys for a child in need, add it in. It’s important for your mind, body and spirit to do things that make you happy.
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