I know for some the upcoming holidays can cause some stress, I know because I’ve been there. I no longer get overly stress for the holidays any more, maybe it’s because I’m older and a bit wiser or maybe it’s because I’ve I deserve a happy holiday too so I’m just not going to stress about it. I’ve always been one of those high stress people who kept things inside, type A personality which kind of came with the job of Events Manager, Communications Manager, Recruitment etc.. almost all of my jobs over my career.
Getting “events” organized right down to the last detail on a big scale or even a small scale at home was what I was all about but not as much any more. I’ve learned it will come together and if not so what? What’s the worse that can happen you’re big family dinner might just a be a little different will anyone never forgive you if you forget dessert or your house is not so sparkly clean?
Okay I admit that last one is a little harder for me to let go of I hate having people over if my house is not clean to my standards but I’m getting better. I’ve learned my house is lived in, it’s a home, the people I have over for the holidays are friends who aren’t going to care if my house sparkles, they are there to see me and family. I’ve also re-prioritized and have decided that I like to concentrate on making a great meal, having time to enjoy my family and our friends when they visit. Guess what no one has ever gone away saying geez your house was a mess or that dessert wasn’t as good as last year (I seem to keep thinking about dessert lol).
Do your holiday shopping throughout the year and be done early
If the holiday shopping stresses you out get it done earlier in the year. I always do my Christmas shopping throughout the year. I know who I want to buy for and if I see something for a great deal I get it. I’m usually always done by the end of November at the latest so I do not step inside a shopping mall at all in December I hate busy malls and parking lots ugh. Great sales happen throughout the year you just have to watch out for them.
Take a few minutes for yourself too!
This has become my new mantra when I’m starting to feel stressed, I take my 15 minutes. You’d be amazed at what 15 minutes can do for you and yet in the grand scheme of things it’s not that much time away from getting things done but it does wonders for alleviating stress. For me I stop make myself a mocha and read, or if it’s nice outside I go for a quick walk, I take one of my dogs with me sometimes and sometimes I just go by msyelf to enjoy the peace and quiet. If I have a bit more time I take a nice bubble bath or I give myself a home spa treatment. With everything out there on the internet you can find so many home made spa treatments that cost very little so you can treat yourself.
I also save a bit every week for about 3 months $10/week so that a few days before Christmas I have my house cleaned by a cleaning company. I knew this was a stressor for me so I plan for it every year and I got rid of my stress. If you plan ahead and know what stresses you out you can help yourself eliminate some of that stress and enjoy the holidays more. If you don’t have to save up a few months ahead then get those cleaners take something off your plate or if that’s not an option ask for help with other things from friends and family. Little things do help and many of your friends and family I’m sure if they knew would like you to have a happy holiday too, without stress or at least less of it.
So what do you do to relieve stress? Feel free to share tips and let’s help each other out!
Oh and… 🙂