It’s that time of year again. The holidays are here and I don’t know about you but I love the holidays. Sort of! I love the time with family and friends, the lights and traditions. It’s just magical! But then you have the flip side. The constant nagging feeling that I’m running behind, the overload on my to-do list, sleep deprivation and wondering if the presents will be liked. Stress and the holidays just seem to go together. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are 5 ways for reducing stress this holiday season
PLAN, PLAN, PLAN
If you saw my post on “How To Survive The Holiday Season Without Going Crazy” you can see how I didn’t plan very well and got really stressed out. This year I’m doing much better (so far)! I’ve made my list and I’m checking it twice!
There are only 24 hours in a day so while you are planning be realistic on how much time you will need on each thing on your schedule. Allow for unexpected things that you know will pop up. Expect the unexpected and those little annoyances won’t catch you off guard.
STICK TO A BUDGET
Make a budget and stick to it. Allow for those unforeseen things we just talked about but stick to your budget. Otherwise, when January rolls around your stress level will definitely go up when all those credit card bills start rolling in!
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
Make sure you are eating a nutritious diet, taking your vitamins and getting plenty of rest. It’s also important to make sure you exercise regularly and giving yourself time to relax. Keeping your immune system built up during this time is vital to keeping you from getting sick and exercise will help you keep your energy level up.
LET GO OF PERFECTION
Don’t stress about the small stuff. Life will go on if your house isn’t Southern Living Magazine perfect or if the Christmas Dinner has a few lumps in it. It will be okay! I promise. Let it go and enjoy the time with family and friends.
Remember what the season is really about. The birth of our Savior Jesus. Let joy and peace rule your heart. Don’t allow the stressers to take over and ruin what is meant to be a time for celebrating.
Make sure you put these tips in to practice and you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to really enjoy this time of year from beginning to end!