Reduce Your Stress and Increase Your Confidence By Setting a Realistic Plan This Holiday Season!
Now that the calendar has flipped to December, the arrival of the holidays is starting to sink in. If you find this overwhelming, you are not alone! This is completely normal. Our past learning experiences tell us that the holidays are hectic and busy, so it makes sense that we have begun expecting this every year.
Although December is a busy time of year, especially for those of us who celebrate Christmas, there are things you can do to make the holiday season easier for you and your family. Planning is a great way to make the holidays less stressful! Setting realistic goals will prepare you for everything you have to do, and increase your confidence in doing these things!
You may feel like planning may take away some of your valuable time, but consider the long term benefits that planning will give you! Taking the time to set up a plan at the beginning of the month will save you a lot of stress and worry later on. Give a little, get a lot!
When planning and setting realistic goals, here are some things to consider:
Stick To Your Budget.
One of the biggest stressors during the holiday season is money! As we approach Christmas, it is easy to spend more than we intend to. Maybe we spend extra because we are excited in the moment, or maybe we spend extra because we feel pressured or obligated to.
The best way to avoid overspending is to figure out a comfortable and realistic budget that you are willing to spend this holiday season. Break down where and who this money will go to! You can use your budget as a guide to keep you on track, and you won’t have to worry about spending more than you’re able to!
If you are feeling stressed about finances this Christmas season, make sure you check out this post!
*Tip: Consider including some extra money into your plan for a safety net!
Remind Yourself That It Is OK To Say No!
During the holidays, invitations can seem like they are flooding our mailboxes… family gatherings, office parties, or ugly Christmas sweater parties, etc. You may feel like you have to attend every single event, but this is not realistic! You are only one person, and as much as you’d like to make an appearance at every event, it’s not always possible.
The best way to approach this is determine which dates you are available and CHOOSE which events are most important to you! Commit to only attend these events and politely send regrets to the rest. It’s okay if you can’t make it to everything… your loved ones will understand!
*Tip: Remind yourself that you don’t have to attend an event just because you are available!
Take A Break!
We have talked about this before on the blog, but we are going to say it again! December is such a busy month… with all the hustle and bustle, it’s easy to forget to take time off. We become so focused on squeezing in everything we have to do, without realizing that we need time off too!
When making your holiday plan, schedule time that you can dedicate to yourself! Relax, rejuvenate, eat healthy meals, exercise… focus this time on taking care of YOU. This will give you the boost you need to enjoy the holiday season with those you love!
*Tip: Disperse your breaks throughout the entire season so you can maintain your energy and health!
Write Everything Down.
When we are feeling overwhelmed it is often because we feel like things are out of our control. When we write down what it is we need to do, where we need to go, and who we need to buy gifts for, we can start to regain a feeling of confidence and control over the holiday season!
*Tip: Sit down with your family and do this together! This will help you make sure that nothing is missed.
Take Home Message:
Although the holiday season can be overwhelming and busy, there are things you can do to make it less stressful! Planning and setting realistic goals will help make this time of year less stressful and more enjoyable!
We hope you’ve found this post helpful and consider these tips when you are making your holiday plan!
Comment below a strategy that you will use to help you reduce your holiday stress!