The holiday season is always a busy time of year. Here are 3 Steps for a Smoother Holiday and ways you can make this less stressful.
We all know that the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year. Each year there are traditions that every individual values.
There’s Christmas caroling, decorating the Christmas tree, making cookies, parties surrounded by family and friends, and so much more.
Although there are many aspects of the season that we admire and look forward too, there also tends to be added stress due to things happening all at once.
Here are a few things to keep in mind for the approaching holidays that will help manage stress and give you a smooth holiday season.
The first place that will make for a smoother transition into the holidays is choosing simple decorations.
We all love the warm feeling that Christmas decor gives to the home, but achieving that can take days!
A pre-lit artifical Christmas tree is a great way to ease holiday stress. They’re easy to set up and look just like the real thing without those pesky pine needles to clean up everyday!
Artificial garland is another option that can add a lot of aesthetic to a space but is only one straightforward piece of decor. You can drape it on mantels, the tops of kitchen cabinets, or on various shelves.
If you are looking to add some creativity to your festive home, there are several simple DIY crafts that only take a small amount of time to create, like this one.
Whatever decor options you wish to have will undoubtedly fill your home with holiday spirit, and can also take a shorter amount of time to set-up than you think.
When you have a large amount of stuff to do and it feels like everything is starting to snowball and feel overwhelming, ask for help.
There is no reason you should have to feel bombarded by the amount of things you wish to complete.
Do you remember all of those festive traditions you were looking forward to? That’s what this time of year is all about, not stressing over baking, shopping, and whatever else.
Ask a friend, family member, significant other, or child for help. Some tasks, such as baking, are a fun part of Christmas traditions.
Get people from the family willing to help and contribute, turn up the Christmas music and this once stressful venture is now a new tradition!
It’s crucial to prioritize self-care during the holidays because it is easy to get caught up in events happening and tasks being completed.
Primarily, don’t change your daily schedule. If you have a set time that you work out or do yoga, don’t skip it.
If you take 15 minutes every day to just be alone, continue to do that! For some people, crafting can be therapeutic.
Maybe this is when decorating can be taken that extra mile because, for you, it is not a stressful part about your holiday prep.
When you are preparing for the season, step back and think about what is most valuable for you to achieve this year.
Having all of the family together in one place? Baking 100 cookies? Starting a Secret Santa gift exchange with friends?
Whatever it is, make a personal goal to help you achieve your expectations. Be kind to yourself, and know that you have done a beautiful job, and the holidays are still going to flourish with everything you have completed and maybe not completed, too.