Can you believe it’s almost time for the holidays?! We know this year has been a wild ride, to say the least. It’s so important to remember that even though this year hasn’t been what we expected it to be, we can still make this holiday season full of joy and giving. It may take some creativity and a positive attitude, but we are tough and we can overcome anything this year throws at us. Here are some tips and tricks to make this upcoming holiday season a little less stressful for you and your family!
Be kind to yourself. This is the first time we’ve been through a “pandemic holiday.” It’s more than likely going to look a little different this year, so give yourself and your family grace as this holiday season approaches.
Plan your holiday meals now. Holiday meals are amazing, but they can be downright stressful! Take some time to plan your menu and delegate dishes to family members and friends!
Make lists. The holidays become stressful because we’re trying to spin 50 different plates. Start writing your holiday lists now so you don’t forget anything. You’ll thank yourself!
Keep the kiddos happy. Have a small area designated for the little ones. Maybe have a few board games, puzzles, coloring books, and holiday crafts available for them to use.
Make a budget for food, gifts, and entertaining. Finances always cause stress during the holidays. Start your budget now, so you don’t overspend this season!
Make some time for you. Don’t overwhelm yourself! Take a day for you in between all the cooking, parties, and shopping. Book a massage or a facial and take an hour for you.
Maintain a holiday self-care routine. Keep up on your workouts, continue to drink lots of water, get adequate sleep, and make time to laugh!