Tips to Keep You Sane Amidst Holiday Insanity
- Set a Budget without this, you may be digging out of unwanted debt for months come next year. A budget is a sensible boundary that keeps you on track.
- Plan Ahead Incidentals and quick gifts can add up! Don’t forget the endless last minute stops that are inevitible if you do not plan ahead. You could do well to pick up some inexpensive, yet thoughtful hostess gifts to have on hand in case you get a last minute invite.
- Give Consumable Gifts “Consumables” are gifts that you can make or purchase that get “consumed” by the recipient. Gifts that fall into this category are food items, or others that are ‘used up’ in the process by the recipient. (Gift cards also fall into this category).
- Decorate Minimally A friend said once, after entering my home one Christmas season: ‘It’s beautiful in here, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen this many decorations in one home! – Maybe Macy’s, but a home – Never!” That really got me thinking that she had a point. I LOVE decorating for Christmas. It is a wonderful tradition in our house that I’ve kept alive my whole life long! While decorating is a fun and an exciting way to create and hold onto family traditions, it can add to stress and get overwhelming. Over the years, I’ve amassed more decorations than I have space for. One way I’ve learned to save myself some stress and time is to figure out my favorite decorations – and just put those out. Now (after nearly 19 years of marriage), I have many decorations that I no longer use. This year, I have t happily sent them to a local boutique consignment shop to bless another family’s home.
- Keep Fit Just because you’re busy, shouldn’t be an excuse to let go of your exercise and health routine. During the holiday season it’s even MORE important to keep up with your fitness routine, and focus on eating well. You will find that you’re anxiety and stress are minimized by keeping on track with your health and fitness!
- If Mamma Ain’t Happy, Ain’t NO-body Happy It’s always revealing to look at the frazzled, hurried and exhausted mommies – waiting to pick up the kids at holiday parties and events! If you’re a mom, everyone else’s stress can easily become yours. Be sure to take into account that each of your children’s (and often spouse’s) holiday commitments will often impact you. That’s why it’s very important to try not to over schedule, and build in some self-care routines to keep you happy too.
- Plan Down Time It’s just as important to plan some down time into your schedule during the holidays to relax and regroup. The endless activities can wear on your nerves and your brain functioning – so be sure to take some quiet time to shut down, regroup, meditate, or relax in your favorite way.
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