The holidays are a fun time that we look forward to each year. However, with the responsibilities of family life, preparing holiday meals, shopping, and all the various commitments we encounter they can become overwhelming. These demands can make this period one filled with more stress than anything. By planning early, and utilizing a few simple techniques the holidays can become a time frame we look forward to that is filled with much joy.
Set Realistic Goals:
A couple of months before the holiday nears, start making a plan for how you will handle the season. Look at your schedule and the amount of time you can allot for various activities without overwhelming youself, and do that. Do not overcommit. If there isn’t enough time to do all the events you want to, prioritize and choose a couple that can be placed at the top of the list. It is more important to participate in one or two that you can be successful at, rather than make a half- hearted attempt to just be present.
Maintain a Budget Throughout the Holiday:
Part of what makes the season stressful is the amount of money that is spent. Many people overspend and find themselves drowning in bills after the new year. This holiday, remember the importance of the holiday and what it represents. This is a time for family, sharing, and being with each other. This doesn’t mean it has to cost alot of money. Look at the talents you encompass, and think about how you can utilize them to be creative. Provide handmade gifts for family members, bake cookies and put them in a decorative tin with a bow, offer to babysit for a friend so she and her husband can have an evening out, write a beautiful poem, or make a photo album. By not overspending the budget, you will feel much better about the gifts you provide because they are coming from the heart.
Put Yourself on the List:
Frustration can come about because everyone else is taken care of, and at the end of the day you are exhausted. That is because one of the most important people has been ommitted. This is you! Take time each day, and provide yourself with a treat for at least 30 minutes. This can be something as simple as taking a nice hot bath, reading a book that you have been wanting to enjoy for a while, listening to some of your favorite music, calling a friend that you haven’t spoken to in a while, grabbing your journal and writing down whatever thoughts come to mind. There are no wrong answers here, but recharging your batteries daily will bring the enthusiasm back in to your life.
Spend Quality Time With Family:
If you have children, the holiday can really come alive through their eyes. They don’t allow you the time to be sad, and this is a good thing. But, you also want to ensure you are feeling your best when you are with them. Remember to make time for just spending quality time with your family and being in the moment. When this occurs don’t think about anything else except for enjoying what is happening. Nothing feels better than relaxing and sharing a good laugh.
The holidays can thrust us in to the hustle and bustle of the season. However, we can turn this in to a fun time enjoyed by all. By starting early and putting a plan in to place, you can keep your stress level to a minimum and receive the true joy the season has to offer.