Create a Simpler Holiday
Ask anyone to tell you about a stressful occasion, and the holidays will instantly enter the conversation. While they’re supposed to be a time of magic and wonder, they’re usually a time of stress and frustration instead. Wondering how to turn that around this year? These tips can help.
- Stay In the Moment: Remember that this is the time of year when it’s easy to get overwhelmed. If you focus on what you’re doing right now, you have a better chance at keeping stress off your plate.
- Decide What You Want From the Season: Before the year even starts, decide what it is that you’d like to get from it. What memories do you want to make? What activities do you certainly want to include (or exclude)? Defining what you’d like to do can help keep other items off your list.
- Stick to a Schedule: This is particularly true if you have kids. Sure, you can’t be as rigid as you usually are, but try to stay with their schedules so they know what’s going on, what’s coming up, and exactly what to expect.
- Shopping is Optional: One Consumer Reports study says that 49 million people get gifts they don’t want every single year. Not everyone has to have a traditional gift. Consider a lunch out with a loved one or baked goods instead of the standard gift.
- Games are Fun: Include games every step of the way. They’re a great way to connect at any family gathering, and they help create memories like nothing else can.
- Drop the Argument: The holidays are no place for that family feud, but it just takes one tiny spark. Try to keep that spark out, then address it after the season.
- Remember Everyone’s Feelings: They’re just as stressed out as you are, so try not to take it personally this time of year. Remember your manners, and try to walk in everyone else’s shoes for a moment.