Twas the night before Christmas...and all through the house...excitement and joy...except Mom stressed out on the couch.
It’s time for a lot of joy, fun memories, time with loved ones. Also, the pressure that we go through. Making sure that the holidays are the best that they possibly can be for everyone on our list can be stressful.
We can’t ask Santa for the secret elf dust that would take all the overwhelm away, but we can still make this holiday season a far less work than it has been in the past. You can enjoy it more than ever before.
What stresses us out?
- Enduring long lines
- Getting into debt
- Gaining weight
- Preparing the family dinner
- So many events
- Buying gifts they won’t like
- Some relatives
It is totally possible to not have to deal with the normal stress of the holidays, while still keeping the joy and the traditions you celebrate every year. How? Let It Go! That’s right. Simply step outside the box for a second and realize a much simpler and stress free way to accomplish everything you always want for the holidays. This time though, the only difference is that YOU get the most of the holidays as well.
When purchasing a gift for someone in your family, go the route of getting something for the whole family. Less shopping, lineups, and wrapping. It also deters from the usual “Not Enough” syndrome that breaks the bank. Along with the stocking that brings smiles every time, grab an ice cream maker, or new sound system for movie nights.
It costs far less to order your family dinner that is ready to serve. Either delivered to your door or picked up at a location near you, it makes clean-up a breeze. Simply Google “Holiday Meals To Go (your city)” and voila. Dinner is served!
This time of year is the highest stress for everyone, so don’t feel bad if you have to say no to one of the Holiday parties that you have been invited. It’s likely that you will see some of the same people at another gathering. Maximize your holiday greetings while minimizing the amount of travel, parking, cocktails and hor d'oeuvres. Besides, these are the things that start the “I have to lose that holiday weight” issue that creeps in every January.
As for those family members that get under your skin. They are much easier to enjoy or even tolerate when you are less stressed. Let Aunt Betty bring her traditional casserole. She feels good, and you can easily add it to the table to go right beside the turkey that was prepared just the way you like it.
The holidays don’t have to be a stressful time that you are left overwhelmed, tired and desperately waiting for the nap fairy to pick your house next. You don’t have to let go of what you love about the holidays either. Just the process. There is a way.