Want to take the stress out of Christmas this year? Follow these practical tips on how to feel less stressed this Christmas. Make your mood more joyous.
Take The Stress Out of Christmas!
With Christmas around the corner, how can you avoid the frenzy and reduce the stress that always seems to creep in? It is so very easy to get wrapped up in our moments of stress and not the bigger picture. I want to really zone in and help you decrease the stress, this way you can focus in on what is most important. These tips will help you have less stress during the holiday season.
10 Helpful Tips To Help You Relax
Just Do… Less
Ask yourself, “What will happen if I don’t do this?” If it really won’t be that important, skip it. There is no need for you to make extra or do extra work that may, in fact, make you stressed. Christmas should be all about enjoying time with your family. Believe me, let’s take the stress out of Christmas by just doing a little less.
Don’t want to do Christmas cards, but still want a personal touch?
Reach out and call someone. Old-fashioned phone calls are a nice chance to catch up with old friends or distant family. You don’t always need to send out cards. Talking with the family will bring laughter into your life and will help you feel less stressed.
Have a group of friends that usually exchange gifts?
Get together for a nice lunch or do a cookie exchange. If gifts are important, try a White Elephant gift exchange instead of buying new items. You will have more fun exchanging gifts that were fun to find and cost very little. Here is a great list of ideas you will enjoy.
Eat a candy cane
Yep, I just did say that! The smell peps you up instantly. Peppermint also has the side benefit of soothing an upset tummy that can sneak up on you during this busy time of year. Think that peppermint candy canes are not worth the bite, think again and read this article on all the benefits.
Pick up a box for yourself and to share at the office.
OH NO!! Another sweater?
Don’t give Aunt Helen another sweater. Instead, treat her to a movie or concert. The same thing goes for kids. Why not take them to a show after the holidays? Studies have shown that people appreciate and remember gifts of time and shared experiences. Looking for some good ideas, Groupon always has lots of sales and fun ideas.
Wrap gifts as you go
Use sticky notes to show who the gifts are for. At least you will have the hard part done, and you can always add gift tags and bows while you are watching your favorite TV show.
Cooking? If you are hosting a meal, consider doing it Potluck style
Maybe you provide the main dish and have others bring the sides and dessert. Prep ahead for whatever you are cooking to save time. You want to be able to enjoy the company of your loved ones, and not be stuck in the kitchen, or just too tired to enjoy the holiday.
Keep decorating simple
Enlist the kids to collect branches and pine cones. Not only will you get some simple but beautiful décor, you will also keep the kids busy for at least an afternoon! Spending time with your kids and starting new traditions is really what is most important.
Remember to breathe, and take a minute every day to just do nothing
Try to do something nice for someone else. A little random act of kindness will put you in the Christmas spirit and bring happiness to your heart that will not allow stress to intrude.
What do you do to help make Christmas less stressful? Any tips? Would love to hear your thoughts