The holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful times. It is the time when we take a break from all our busy schedules and reconnect with our loved ones, show love, and feel the joy.
However, this is not always the case; the holidays can turn out to be the most stressful times. Most people get stressed out while in the midst of trying to balance putting a break to daily commitments, shopping, keeping finances in line and meeting some unreasonable expectations.
Well, perhaps this hits you now that Christmas is around the corner. However, you don’t need to worry about anything. The holidays are just like other events. In fact, they can be the best of times when you do a few things in an organized manner.
Here are a few tips that can be of great help in beating the holiday stress.
1. Create An Achievable Plan
Lack of proper planning is the number one reason why people get stressed out. The holiday comes with a lot of expectations and anxiety.
Without a proper plan, everything may get overwhelming, and overspending is the next thing to knock at your door. You may consider doing the following to stay on track:
- Have a list of everything you will need – gifts, cards, shopping, etc.
- Prioritize your tasks and coordinate your events
- Set targets you are sure you can achieve
- Make earlier and proper travel and reservation arrangements
- Take a mental snapshot of what you expect to happen
- Don’t expect everything to go as planned, accept changes
2. Give What Money Can’t Buy
Most people get swept up with expectations and end up neglecting the real meaning of a holiday. By the time the festive season comes to a close, they start realizing that they missed out on the main goals.
In order to enjoy a happy and relaxing moment, make a balance between the holiday activities and genuine happiness. Somebody needs your time to get that lovely smile.
Spend time with your family and those close to you. Remember that a holiday without joy, peace and love make no sense at all. Give others what money can’t buy. This is the time when we not only celebrate but also bond.
3. Be Organized
As the clock ticks, it is normal that demands will keep on multiplying. If you are not careful, you may completely forget some important events such as visiting relatives or gifting the ones you love.
Ensure to be keen in reviewing your day’s to-do list. When the holiday approaches and you haven’t yet made your priorities right, you are more likely to get stressed.
4. Work Within Your Budget
This is the area where most people get caught up. Holidays come with a lot of financial demands. Research shows that 44% of Americans spend more than they can afford during holidays.
Some of the major holiday-related purchases include gifts, clothing, food, entertainment, traveling, decorations, and cards. Most people always feel the financial pressure not because that is what they deserve but due to poor budgeting.
Set out your budget and stick to it. It is not a must that you have to buy everyone a gift. In fact, non-materialistic gifts are the best and are always memorable.
5. Don’t Miss The Whole Point
If you are not careful, you may miss the reason for the season. This is the time when you reconnect with your family, relatives, and friends in a more personal way.
Some feel robbed of the season because they think it is time to have the most expensive of the expensive. However, this is time to show love, help those in need, treat your family and above all reaffirm yourself why the season is worth the joyous celebration.
Instead of having unreasonable expectations, use that time to reconnect and make people feel special. That is what you ought to be doing during the holiday.
6. Have Some Outdoor Experience
A holiday is a time when you need to experience the love, joy, and peace of your family. Spice up things by engaging in some outdoor activity together with you family.
You can take a walk together, watch a movie or even try out some Yoga. Having an outdoor experience helps you relax and chases away the little stress that is building up.
7. Don’t Fight For Perfection
Holidays will come and go. Do not get obsessed with overwhelming expectations. Things may not turn out to be the way you expected them to be.
Accept the changes and move on. Focus on enjoying every single moment you get, rather than struggling to have it all.