Here we are, mid-December. Christmas is one week away and I already have a bad case of
Christmas has always been my favorite holiday, but it can be an incredibly stressful time of the year. Between feeling broke and being gone or traveling every weekend since Thanksgiving, it can be hard to manage.
The last thing anyone wants is to resent this time of the year. Here are five tips for reducing holiday stress:
1. Learn to say “no”
This one is always hard to learn but it can be very freeing. If you don’t want to travel two hours for that extended family Christmas party, don’t. If you can’t afford to buy all of your cousins’ kids presents, don’t. It’s okay to say no. Say no to anything that won’t be fun or bring you joy and replace it with something that will.
2. Try Christmas shopping year-round
Financial stress is no joke. Eliminate it by doing a little bit of Christmas shopping throughout the whole year. This makes such a big difference to your finances. You don’t feel like you are zeroing out your bank account with every Amazon order in December. It does wonders for the financial stress of the holidays.
If that doesn’t work for you, try setting up a special savings account and automatically transfer some money from each paycheck to it. Let it build up all year and then use that money for the holidays.
3. Schedule low-key, quality family time
One of our favorite things to do is pop some popcorn, grab the cozy blankets, snuggle up on the couch and watch our favorite Christmas movies. Another favorite is picking out our favorite board games and
4. Keep yourself healthy
Easier said than done, but it’s so important to keep yourself healthy this time of the year. Get plenty of sleep at night, drink lots of water, eat healthy (or at least try to counteract all of the cookies and fudge), go for a walk a few times a week, and as hard as it may be, resist the urge to kiss the little ones when they bring home all the crap floating around daycare and school.
5. Stay organized
Never, ever underestimate the power of being organized. If your house and life aren’t overwhelmed with clutter, your mind won’t be either. Keep up with daily chores and have a handy to-do list to help organize shopping and other holiday tasks. If you have time, you can even declutter around the house!