It’s Christmas time again. It’s a period of lots of activities, parties, shopping, entertaining and so much more. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and overindulge yourself and end up with some regrets when the holiday season is over.
Here are some tips to help you pull through the holiday season.
Stick to a routine
Make a general schedule for your holiday activities. You and your family will be much happier if you do. Don’t think you need “to do it all.” You’ll be surprised how much your kids would love to help with the baking, wrapping, and decorating. You may have a little extra time here and there if you let them help, and more importantly, you’ll be making great memories with them.
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself
The holidays don’t have to be perfect or just like the previous year. Your finances may have taken a downturn and you may not be able to afford the same things as you used to, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still have a good time with your loved ones within your current budget, whatever it is. If you’re far away from your loved ones and can’t afford to travel to be with them, try making alternative arrangements. Thanks to technology it’s now easier than before to stay in touch so call, text, and video call as much as you need to.
Take care of yourself
It’s so easy to get stressed with all the shopping, decorating, baking, wrapping, and partying, but remember to breathe and relax. As much as possible, strive for 7-8 hours of sleep a night, drink plenty of water, and continue to eat well. It’s okay to enjoy holiday parties, just don’t indulge in all those sweet treats. Have a taste, and then move on to something a bit healthier. Don’t forget to set time to exercise; you’ll feel much better.
Acknowledge your feelings
The holiday season is usually spent with family and close friends. For people who have recently lost loved ones, this can be a very difficult time. If someone close to you has recently died or you can’t be with loved ones, it’s perfectly normal to feel sadness and grief. It’s OK to take time to cry or express your feelings. You shouldn’t try to force yourself to be happy just because it’s the holiday season.
Make travel arrangements
Whether your family is large or small, figuring out holiday logistics can be a bit of a headache. First, determine when and where Christmas will be so that everyone has ample time to make travel arrangements. From there, you can discuss day-of timing and add any extra holiday-related activities to the calendar. If you’re hosting at your house, this is also the time to begin thinking about guest room necessities. If you or other family members require a hotel, you can also start researching and booking lodging.
Learn to say No
You’re not superman/woman. You may not be able to do all the things asked of you by different people so learn to say no. Saying yes, when you should say no, can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Friends and colleagues will have to understand if you can’t participate in every project or activity.
Failing to plan is planning to fail, especially during the holiday season. The markets and shops get busy so it’s important to plan your menus and make your shopping lists. That’ll help prevent last-minute scrambling to buy forgotten ingredients.
These tips help to achieve a stress-free and joyous season with your family. We wish you the best of the season and you merry.
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