It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Or is it?
Studies show that most people find the holidays to be the most stressful time of the year:
- 69% are stressed by the feeling of having a “lack of time”,
- 69% are stressed by the perceived “lack of money”, and
- 51% are stressed out by the “pressure to give or get gifts”**
At a time when there’s so much tension, how can you keep your mind, body and holidays sane?
10 Tips for Holiday Sanity
While you may not be able to get off the holiday roller coaster, there are ways you can make the ride a little smoother. Here are 10 tips that can ensure some holiday sanity:
- Set boundaries – What are you willing to do or participate in, and what are you not? Don’t be afraid to set boundaries of what you will and won’t do this holiday season. In addition, don’t forget to say, “No, thank you” when something you don’t want to do or participate in arises.
- Know your priorities – What is most important to you over the next few weeks? Family, faith, giving back? Determine early on what your priorities are and then filter all your activities through that. If any activity or event doesn’t align with what is most important to you, then know it probably wasn’t meant to be.
- Don’t let negative emotions dictate – Guilt, fear, tension. These are all negative emotions that often dictate our actions. If you are doing something because you are led by one of these feelings, ask yourself if that’s the right response. Odds are it isn’t, and you should stop doing it or find something that elicits are more positive vibe for you.
- Don’t expect perfection. It’s easy to want that “ideal” holiday get-together, meal or gift. But perfection is a myth that can rob us of our joy. While trying your best, know that “good enough” is acceptable.
- Don’t compare or compete. Your neighbor’s outdoor decor may shine brighter than yours and your best friend’s gingerbread house may stand taller than yours, but comparing yourself to others or trying to equal other’s attempts may flat out ruin your holiday season. Do what you can do and be content with that.
- Know your limits – What are your limits when it comes to time, energy, and money? During the holidays, most people exceed their limits and suffer for it. Know how much bandwidth you have available and stay within your limits to experience the fullness of the season!
- Plan ahead as much as possible – The best way to be present this holiday season is to plan ahead as much as possible. When you take time to plan out your activities, shopping, and events you’ll find that you aren’t as rushed, frantic, or distracted. In turn, you’ll be able to cherish the time and the festivities.
- Make room for Christmas – With our homes and spaces already full, it can be overwhelming to add in even more. Schedule some time to declutter and make room for all that will be coming in so you don’t have a Christmas hangover once the presents are unwrapped.
- Take time for yourself – Yes, it’s okay to take time for yourself! Whether it’s catching a quick nap, curling up with your favorite book, or watching your favorite holiday movie, don’t get so caught up in everyone and everything else that you forget to take care of you.
- Remember there’s always next year – Christmas comes every December 25th. While none of us is guaranteed tomorrow, if things don’t go the way you’d hoped this holiday season, you can always try again next year. So ease up a bit and take comfort that before you know it, the holidays will be upon us again!
“Christmas is not a time or a season, but a state of mind….” – Calvin Coolidge
If you long for a holiday season that leaves you in a positive state of mind, then I hope you’ll implement one or more of these holiday tips. While there’s no guarantee these tips will keep the craziness of the holidays at bay, they can help your days be a little merrier and bright!
Which of these tips can you implement this year to keep your holiday sanity?
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** Source: www.allonehealth.com/znews-media/2014/12/15/holiday-stress-guide.aspx