Tips for a stress-free Christmas
The festive holiday season is just around the corner, and if you're like most people who don’t even begin to think about the holidays until the day after Thanksgiving, you’re probably already starting to stress yourself out.
Well, here are a few tips to help you get through the holidays with a little less stress and a little more cheer. We’ve compiled some great and simple tips for a stress-free Christmas season for busy moms with a young family.
Get Plenty Of Rest
This should be not only the most important aspect of the Christmas time, but also good advice for any time of the year. It seems so simple, but so much harder to put into action. Even though it’s the holiday season, life still goes on as do the rituals of daily life. Kids still have to get ready for school, groceries still have to be bought, meals still have to be cooked, and laundry still has to be done. It’s easy to see how taking care of yourself gets pushed down to the bottom of the list of things to do. In the middle of all the holiday chaos, don’t forget to take time out for yourself.
You can’t do the things that you want to do, or be the person that you want to be, without proper rest and nutrition. During the hectic pace of the holidays, it’s easy to forget to eat, let alone eat right, and get the proper rest. We are bombarded with all those sweet treats, but we must resist the urge to overindulge. Think about when January comes and you try to get into that new outfit that you got for Christmas.
So send dad and the kids out for pizza and a movie. You stay in and treat yourself to a bubble bath. Then order a chick flick on cable, pop some popcorn, kick up your heals and enjoy the evening alone. Stress free!
If you’re experiencing a lot of stress and anxiety as Christmas Day is approaching, take the pressure off and exercise for stress relief. Don’t skip your gym sessions as exercise is well-known to bring instant relief from stress. Try to find time to work out daily, even if it’s just for 15 minutes a day. You will not only feel and sleep better but you will also look great.
Delegate, Delegate, Delegate
If you're like most of us, you think that the only way you can be assured that everything is going to be done just the way that you want it, is to do it yourself. Well, during the holidays it's next to impossible to do everything yourself. Unless of course you really are a superwoman, and if that’s the case you need to write a book telling the rest of us mere mortals how we, too, can become superwomen. So learn to delegate some of the tasks to others.
Put your husband in charge of decorating the house for Christmas, or make him help you with the house cleaning. Involve the whole family in decorating the Christmas tree.
Buy some extra bow-dabra crafting tools, show your kids how to make Christmas bows and let them have fun and make bows. Don’t worry, it’s hard to mess up a bow with a bow-dabra. Who knows, they may come up with some new creative gift wrapping ideas!
Finally, learn to say “no” to constant requests from others and don’t be guilty about it. You know as soon as you hear the request if it’s something that you want to do, or if it’s something that you can do. If the answer to either of these questions is no, then don’t be afraid to just say “no”. Be a little selfish and only do the things that you enjoy doing or tasks that you find absolutely necessary to be done for Christmas. You also deserve to do things that bring you joy. Focus on your good health and well-being. Remember that nothing has to be done perfectly because there is no such thing as a perfect anything. And that includes a picture perfect Christmas.
Plan Ahead For Gifts
You can never plan for everything that may happen, but there are some things that you can do to plan ahead. Don’t be that last minute shopper that comes at 3 or 4 o’clock on Christmas Eve to buy a present for your friend, child, husband, in-law, or an unexpected guest. So shop for gifts in advance! Decide on nice places beforehand so you know where to shop for Christmas gifts when the time comes.
Alternatively, you may shop for gifts online at home, in your Christmas pajamas. There can be nothing more stressful than traffic and crowded shopping centers during the busiest time of the year. It’s also hard to shop if you have to bring your small kids with you. You may find great online deals, too.
And don’t even think of stressing yourself out trying to make a one-of-a-kind gift basket at the last minute. Use what we call the grab-n-go method. These are baskets (usually stand-alone gifts) that you’ve got pre-made in the past, or, better yet, bought ahead of time from a store already made up. Get them stacked with chocolates and sweets and it’s ready to go. Add a gift card and voila, you’re done. Read our guide on giving a gift basket for Christmas.
An easy and thoughtful idea is to send somebody flowers for Christmas. Rather than rushing to your local grocery store at the last minute or spending money on an overpriced and mediocre bouquet, send flowers ahead of time by using an international flower delivery service such as Flora2000 or Cyber Florist.
Skip The Christmas Party Planning
Preparing Christmas party food can be overwhelming for one person. While hosting family and friends for a Christmas meal is a large part of the season fun, it can be too stressful, especially if you are already a busy mom. In any case, you might want to consider treating your guests to lunch or dinner out instead of hosting at home. If you however decide to host a Christmas party, you may ask each of your guest to bring some food items with them. This way, everyone will be happy and enjoy the meal together.
If you are a busy mom, follow the tips above for a stress free Christmas. Don’t let the holiday season become a time when you are most busy and most tired. Let the peace, calmness and happy moments spent together with your loved ones be your wish for Christmas this year.
On a final note, don’t worry if you run out of ideas, time, or resources for Christmas presents. There’s really no need to buy the latest, fancy, expensive gadgets for your loved ones, or purchase abundant gifts for people you don’t much care about. It is a time of year when you need to realise what you have and say thanks for what you have. If you are worried about the Christmas meal being overcooked, give thanks that you have a meal on the table.
Wishing You Peace, Joy, and A Prosperous STRESS-FREE Holiday Season!