Do you find yourself stressing during the holiday season? Here are a few tips to help you stress less and enjoy more of your holiday season!

Focus on Your Priorities

At this time a year we sometimes find ourselves trying to fit every tradition and every event we possibly can into our calendar. To simplify your life try focusing on what is truly important to you and your family. Think about what traditions your family wants to continue and which ones can be put on the back burner.  

Plan Ahead

Do you do holiday baking every year? Or do you have family and friends that you always mail out holiday cards to? Plan in advance by stocking up your pantry with all the supplies you need for your holiday baking. Get your holiday cards done up well in advance so they just need to be dropped in the mail. You can also plan ahead when it comes to shopping for those perfect gifts; don’t be afraid to start early! Keep a list of everyone you’ve already bought gifts for and those you still need to buy for, ideas for what to purchase, and your budget for each person. Doing so will also help keep you on budget.

Manage Your Expectations

Accept that everything may not go as perfectly as you hoped. Life isn’t perfect and that includes the holidays! Take a moment to think about what your expectations are and decide if they are realistic. If you have unrealistic expectations going into the holidays then you are setting yourself up for failure. If your expectations are working against you, maybe it’s time to re-evaluate and decide what is truly important and what you can release the reins on. 

Do a Little Every Day

Instead of feeling stressed and rushing around to get everything finished last minute, start early and do a little everyday. Something as simple as wrapping a gift, mailing a card, or decorating a room. This will help to build momentum to keep going without it feeling like a large, daunting task.

Delegate

If you have a long to-do list delegate some of the tasks to family members. Let the kids help decorate the tree, put sprinkles on the cookies, and wrap the gifts. It may not be done perfectly but the kids will enjoy helping out!