Here is a fact you will surely agree with: the closer the holidays get, the higher your stress level is. We are already halfway done with October and before we know it, the holiday season is already at hand. You may not be feeling stressed out yet but as the days between now and the holidays decrease, your stress level is certain to increase. It doesn’t matter whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah. Stress is still stress.
During holidays, we often find ourselves faced with tons of worries. We worry about what to cook, whom to invite, when to hold a party, where to hold the party, how the invitations should look like, what decorations to use, where out-of-town family members will stay, who sits at a certain table and the list goes on and on. Typically, we plan out a lot of things but what we always miss is planning how to handle the stress that comes as we plan our holidays.
Pre-holiday stress is not only caused by planning. During this time of the year, there is also more pressure at work which is compounded with the seasonal rush to get everything done before the holidays. Here is another interesting fact about pre-holiday stress too: women are more susceptible to it than their male counterparts. One of the reasons include menopausal hormones. As the holidays draw near, arm yourself and be prepared. Here are some steps you can take to minimize or eliminate pre-holiday stress:
Create a strategy
Do not give in to the commercialism of the season. Avoid overspending by creating and following a strict budget. You should also start saving early for gift giving. Another way to save money with your gifts is to use your creativity to come up with non-monetary gifts for the special people in your life. For instance, you may offer to babysit for a relative. Remember, your time is the most precious gift you can give to others!
With your numerous holiday tasks, you can accomplish them faster and more effectively if you divide your projects into smaller tasks. Do not try to decorate the house all in one day. Start small. Begin by buying a tree and decorating it with your favorite Christmas decorations. The next day, you may work on another decoration project. You won’t feel so overwhelmed if you work step by step.
Don’t do it all on your own
Do not try to be a one man army. Most likely you are just going to wear yourself out. Do not hesitate to ask for the support of your family and friends. Letting your children help out is also a great idea. You are not only giving yourself a break but you are also passing on the family tradition to them. If no one seems available to help or if you are planning out a huge event, considering getting some hired help. That way, you will be able to spend time with your friends and family.
Don’t be afraid to change up a few things
You don’t have to stick to tradition. Just because you have always done the same things for decades doesn’t mean you can change up a few things. I am not saying you should abandon your traditions. Be open to taking shortcuts to avoid stress. No one would notice anyway. For example, if you do not have time to bake your traditional cookie recipe all the way from scratch, don’t feel awful about yourself. Just use a mix or slice-and-bake cookies.
We can be too hard on ourselves. It is time to lower the bar and eliminate the pressure and expectations. Do not forget what the holidays truly is about. It is not the time to create perfect soufflés and compete with your neighbor’s Christmas decorations. It is a chance for you to spend time with your loved ones and create memories that will last a lifetime.
As the holiday season approaches, you don’t have to be a mess. Deal with your stress by taking these simple steps or you may also give hypnosis a try. It is easy and it works. It has helped a lot of people deal with different kinds of stress. Discover it today and let it change your life. Call me at 262-264-0214 to schedule your FREE consultation or you may send me a message at email@example.com.