I truly love the run-up to Christmas. And I’m aware that it might be a bit too early to start with the Christmas content around here but I couldn’t help myself. It was so much fun to plan the festive blog posts and to buy some lovely props not only for photos but also to decorate the house next month. Plus, I’m telling myself that this will be the year that I am going to be organized and actually have time to enjoy this wonderful time of the year. With that in mind, I’m sharing with you how I’m getting ready for the festive season and how to relieve holiday stress!
7 Tips To Help You Relieve Holiday Stress
Raise your hand if you’re guilty of leaving things for the last minute, meaning you have to rush to crowded stores in the hopes of finding a last-minute Christmas gift. I’m here raising my hand, too. This year, though, I’m making the commitment to planning ahead and actually enjoy the holidays.
If you also want a stress-free holiday season, grab a notebook and list everything you need to do, from gift shopping to Christmas parties. Then, put important dates and deadlines in your calendar to make sure you don’t forget anything. When you feel overwhelmed, lists are a big help, giving you a clear vision of what you need to do.
December 1st is the day we usually pup the Christmas tree up and start decorating and even though it is very tempting to bring the festive stuff out already, I’m going to wait a couple of weeks. I did buy a few bits which I was very excited to photograph for this blog post!
Early Christmas shopping.
As I’ve said in my November Goals blog post, I want to be more mindful when shopping for my loved ones and really enjoy this wonderful time of the year.
Instead of rushing around chaotic stores last-minute trying to find the right gift, start your Christmas shopping early. Make a list of the people you’re buying from and shop intentionally for each. Remember to carefully think about the person you’re buying a gift for. It should be meaningful and useful.
Let go of expectations.
If you’re anything like me, you usually set high expectations for everything. You’re a planner who likes to believe everything will go according to the plan. But, guess what? It’s OK if things don’t go according to the plan. Let go of expectations and don’t waste your energy focusing on how things should be. Go with the flow, focus on what’s important, and enjoy this time of the year!
The holiday season involves a lot of socializing and, if you’re an introvert like me, this is when you crave alone time a bit more than usual. While it’s fun to hang out with family and friends, it’s also important to prioritize me-time. Showing kindness towards yourself will help you be more kind towards others, as well. Light up a candle and have a pamper session, binge watch your favorite Christmas movies or go shopping by yourself. Make sure you’re taking care of yourself.
Learn to say no.
It can be hard to say no for some of us, whether because we don’t want to disappoint others or because we fear missing out on something. The holidays are a busy time of the year when we tend to overcommit, leaving us feeling overwhelmed and stressed. But remember that it’s OK to say no. People will understand.
Get off the phone.
Have you ever caught yourself feeling down and jealous after scrolling through your social media feed? Me, too. It happens quite frequently, actually. The holiday season is the perfect time for a little digital detox. Get off the phone for at least half an hour every now and then. You’ll notice that you have more time to do other things. Get a piece of paper, write down a holiday bucket list with things you want to do, movies to watch, and Christmas markets you want to visit and go do it. This will help you be more present and mindful this season.