5 Tips for Stress-free Holidays

holiday stressAll the decorating, cooking, gifting and parties can make the holidays seem more like work than a vacation. With a little bit of planning, you can make the most of the holiday season and enjoy every minute of it. Here are some tips to help make your holidays merry and bright.

1. The Beauty of Imperfection

If you didn’t find the lush, full Christmas tree you wanted or your cake didn’t turn out exactly as you’d planned, remember there’s a special charm to imperfections. Embrace a rustic style for your decorations and be content to enjoy the time spent with family and friends.

2. Simplify Decorating

Decorating your home can be a source of concern leading up to Christmas Eve. Reduce the stress of decorating by not worrying about getting it all done at once. Decorating a little bit at a time will bring you more joy as you see your home slowly transform and sparkle with the festivities.

3. Exchange Cookies

Baking for the holidays can take up a lot of time, especially if you try to make something for everyone in your family. Organizing a cookie exchange is a simple solution to your holiday baking concerns. Each person in the exchange can volunteer to bake one kind of cookie to share with everyone else. It’s a stress-free way for everyone to end up with a variety of cookies for holiday munching.

4. Wrap as You Go

Spend Christmas Eve having fun with your family. Wrap the gifts as you buy them to help reduce any last-minute stress caused by needing to wrap gifts. Gifts wrapped in boxes are easier to store as they can be stacked in a closet.

Don’t forget to ask about complimentary gift wrapping at the store when you buy your gifts. You can also look into charity gift-wrapping services set up by non-profit organizations that’ll do the wrapping for you. This can reduce your stress as well as help you celebrate the spirit of Christmas by knowing you contributed to a worthy cause.

5. Don’t Forget  “You” Time

In the midst of all the holiday activities, make sure you take some time out for yourself. Take time to relax and enjoy the holiday season for the fun time it’s meant to be. Continuing daily habits like reading before you go to bed can help you relax and have a calming effect so you’re not overwhelmed with all that needs to get done. Involve the entire family by delegating chores to make the holiday season a truly complete family experience.

What’s a stress-reducer for you during the holidays? Tell us in the comments section below.

 

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