8 Ways to Beat Holiday Stress (and Still Get Everything Done!)
The holiday season is here and with it a full social calendar and about one billion and one to-dos. It’s enough to make you want to curl up in a ball and not get up until New Years has passed. Instead of hibernating, use these tips to help you stay stress-free this holiday season.
1. Make Time for Traditions
Taking time out of your schedule to make room for traditions is a great way to reward yourself for a hard-won job. It might be decorating the mantel for the holidays or planning a holiday menu (or just the desserts!). If you don’t have holiday traditions, start some easy ones now. It can be as simple as baking a batch of cookies while dancing around to your favorite holiday songs.
2. Share Your To-Do List
Let’s face it, you can’t really do it all. Create a to-do list via an app or shared document so anyone you invite can access it on-the-go. That way any member of the family can pick up items that are needed from the grocery store or tackle errands that are on their daily route. You can share your to-do list with your spouse, kids or extended family.
Another option is to split up errands among friends. For instance, one person may pick up everyone’s desserts from the baker and someone else picks up holiday flowers. A central meetup at one person’s house (with a few snacks or drinks) will make everyone’s errands get done faster and you’ll have way more fun.
3. Plan Time Off Each Week
Schedule downtime in your schedule with a few hours off from the holiday hustle and bustle. You don’t even have to spend a dime. You may want to treat yourself to a cup of tea or coffee and a good book for the afternoon. You could snuggle up in your sweats in front of the fire for a movie marathon. Or maybe it’s more your speed to take a nice, long afternoon nap. Whatever it is that recharges your batteries, make time for it a few hours each week.
4. Clear Your Social Calendar
I know you want to do it all, but to keep your stress level from reaching DEFCON 10 it’s best to limit your social calendar. If you whittle it down but still have multiple events on the same date, plan a down day the following day so everyone can just relax.
5. Shop Online
Online shopping can be your savior whether you’re hunting for something that’s hard to find or trying to secure the best deal on a popular product. Additionally, you’ll find great online sales as holiday season approaches. Bonus – you can do it at any time of day and go about your business while it gets delivered to your doorstep!
6. Stretch Your Dollar with Sales
Spend a little time searching via your smartphone to price compare in store, check circulars, get price matching, and manage your budget to squeeze every dollar out of this holiday season. You can even challenge yourself to save more and reward yourself with a treat if you save a certain amount. All your savings could go to a family outing, spa day or something similarly relaxing.
7. Make Time for Exercise
It’s often the first thing to go when we get busy, but don’t overlook the need for exercise. It can be a stress reliever, and is a great way to leave your to do list behind for a few hours. It will also give you more energy to power through a busy schedule. If you’re not a fitness buff, try a short 15 minute walk once a day to clear your head and get your body moving.
8. Sleep Well
While we think bedtime routines are for kids, in reality grownups need them too. Start a nightly routine that includes setting a semi-regular bedtime, closing down screens about an hour before that, and doing some relaxation exercises or reading before bed.
With a little planning you can have a stress-free holiday without spending a fortune. Happy Holidays!