Everyone has had the experience of the holidays becoming stressful in some way. From finding the perfect gifts to dealing with a troublesome cousin over Christmas dinner. Here are some top tips from awesome bloggers on how to deal with Christmas stress this year.
1. Say no.
Saying no to all the little things that eat up your time and mental energy allows you to make time for the activities that make you feel refreshed.Nora
2. Be flexible.
We all know that no matter how well we plan ahead, get enough sleep, or keep our calendars clear, there will always be something that doesn’t go as planned. And that’s okay.Mary Leigh
…a to-do list actually does help me to get things done more efficiently. I’m also less likely to forget something that I’ve written down. However, if your to-do list is constantly growing or you never cross everything off, then it might be time to evaluate what’s on it.Stacey
4. Lower your expectations.
Over-hype and high expectations make preparing for Christmas festivities much more stressful. If you worry yourself over having the best decorations, the most presents, or the most memorable dinner party, you could end up trying too hard (and going a little crazy).Jennifer
5. Shop online.
I really like going to the mall, wandering aimlessly from store to store, smelling every candle and lotion that has a tester. It’s a fun way to spend a lazy afternoon, but it’s not the best use of your time. Especially this time of year. The mall is crowded, checkout lines are long, and it just takes a lot longer than you anticipate.Drugstore Divas
6. Start a gratitude journal.
While you can’t always change your reality, you can change how you react. Manifesting an attitude of gratitude this holiday season is a great way to begin!Holly
7. Finish off all your Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving.
Having this extra time also helped me find ‘the right’ gifts and find the best prices! Yup, this saves me time, stress, and money. Can’t beat that!Myra
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8. Enjoy your own company.
Maybe this has a greater impact if you’re an introvert, but my guess is that everyone can benefit from just a little time alone to think (or not think), or do exactly what you want without interruption. It doesn’t matter how you spend the time: browse a bookstore, pick up an old (or new) hobby, or just sit on a lounge chair in the backyard and feel the sun on your face.Nora
Maybe your husband doesn’t fold clothes exactly the way you like them, but he is capable of folding. So let him do it! Once you get over the worry of passing off tasks, you’ll see what a relief it is to have some helpStacey
10. Simplify your Christmas decorating.
I simply didn’t have enough room to put up all the decorations in my house. Not enough shelf space to put things on, not enough corners to fill, not enough walls to hang things on… Once I decided on my end goal – peace and simplicity at Christmastime – the rest was easy. It was also very fun giving decorations away to extended family and friends who were quite excited to receive them. It provided blessings on both sides.Myra
11. Be honest and genuine about what you can (or can’t afford).
If you’re in a place where you simply can’t buy lots of gifts for tons of people (we’ve mostly all been there at some point, right?) then don’t hesitate to set that expectation. You are not obligated by anyone to gift anything. Don’t let guilt cause you to spend money you don’t have. Free yourself from that.Rachel
12. Accept imperfection.
We’re constantly bombarded with images of the “perfect” Christmas — on television, magazines, commercials, and social media. It. Doesn’t. Exist.Stacey
Stressed out about dealing with a difficult relationship during the holidays? CLICK HERE for 4 tips on how to improve your relationships with your extended family.
13. Pick your battles.
We all have someone in our circle that rubs us up the wrong way. It’s only natural, not everyone can always get along. Allowing someone else to get under your skin, though, is only going to ruin your Christmas and increase your stress levels. Learn to pick your battles, and don’t take the bait if relatives want to argue or things go wrong.Attachment Mummy
Personally, I plan to let a lot of things roll off my back these holidays. A lot of picking of battles. In a way that has never been me. So this will be a surprise to some people around me and if I manage to pull it off the whole time, it will be a surprise to me too!