The holiday season is a hectic time for many people. Between buying gifts, attending holiday parties, and preparing for family gatherings, it’s easy to get frazzled. But it’s important to take a step back and remember what the holidays are all about: spending time with the people you care about.
Try to maintain a positive attitude. The holidays are a time to be joyful, so focus on the good and let go of the bad. Most importantly, take some time for yourself. Amidst all the hustle and bustle, it’s important to schedule in some “me time”.
Whether it’s taking a long bath, going for a walk, or reading your favorite book, find an activity that relaxes you and stick to it. It’s OK to say “no” to others. Don’t overcommit yourself.
Last, but not least, don’t forget to breathe. Whenever you start to feel overwhelmed, take a few deep breaths and remember that this too shall pass. The holidays will be over before you know it, so try to enjoy the ride.
Here are a few tips for staying calm during the holiday season:
1. Make a list of what you need to do and give yourself a reasonable timeline. Trying to do too much in too little time is a recipe for stress & disaster.
2. Shop online or in stores early to avoid the last-minute rush. Also, shopping local is typically less crowded than big box stores. Plus it helps out those small businesses in your community.
3. Don’t forget to schedule time for yourself. Whether it’s taking a long bath, reading your favorite book, or going for a walk, taking some time out for yourself will help you stay sane during the holidays.
4. Don’t be afraid to delegate. If you’re hosting a holiday party, ask friends or family to help with the cooking, decorating, or clean-up.
5. Learn to say no. You don’t have to attend every holiday party or go shopping with every relative. Pick and choose the events that are most important to you and decline the rest.
Staying calm during the holiday season is not always easy, but it is possible.
By following some simple tips and tricks, you can make it through the holiday season without losing your cool. So, next time you are feeling frazzled, take a deep breath and remember these tips. You got this – oh, and happy holidays!
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