Stop Stressing About the Holidays
By Randi Morse
While the holidays are an amazing time of year, they can also be an extremely stressful one as well. Not only do you have to continue to do your daily routine, you also need to find time to shop for presents, wrap them, decorate, cook large meals, bake, and attend holiday parties. Finding time, and money, to do all of these things can cause anyone's stress level to rise significantly. However, there are some ways to subtract some of the stress the regular holiday season brings!
Limit Holiday Parties
One of the most important things you can do to keep your stress level low during the holiday season is to limit the amount of holiday parties that you attend. It is not uncommon for married couples to not only attend holiday parties for both sides of their family, but to also go to work parties as well. Get into the habit of saying, "no." One reason many people worry about declining invitations to holiday parties is that they're concerned they will offend the party hosts.
A good way to avoid insulting anyone is to take turns attending different holiday parties. If you go to the family gathering in your side of the family this year, go to your partner's family's holiday party next year. You can also make time to go see your family members before, or after, the holidays are over. Contact them ahead of time and explain that you're trying to keep your stress level low.
Delegate, Delegate, Delegate
Delegating responsibilities doesn't mean that you don't care about them, it means that you want to focus your abilities on ensuring everything gets done the way you'd like. Don't hesitate to delegate some responsibilities to family members. Let the kids decorate parts of the house, or task your significant other with helping you bake and clean up the dishes.
Yes, home baked rolls taste absolutely amazing with any holiday dinner, but how long do they take to make? Utilizing shortcut options can reduce your stress in a huge way, and buying from local bakeries not only helps with your shortcuts, it also supports local small businesses as well. Not sure where to buy from? Ask for locals to help you out on social media, you'll get valuable information and may get the bonus of getting some great conversations started and learning about local businesses you weren't aware of before.
Don't stress out this holiday season. Don't hesitate to say "no" to invitations, learn to delegate and enjoy a few shortcuts. Just doing those simple things will allow you to enjoy the holidays rather than stress out over them.
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