Even though the 2017 holiday season brings joy, love, peace and harmony, unfortunately it can also create stress and financial strain.
The problem here however is not the season itself, but rather the way we may be approaching it.
If you’d like to know how to be less stressed during the holidays, then make sure you follow these simple, practical Do’s and Dont's…
1. Don’t plan more than you can accomplish
The holiday season can be very demanding and may require you to attend or host family or work parties. Don’t force yourself to commit to all of them.
Instead, make sure you schedule a lighter day after a big event and prioritize those that are important to you. This will allow you to recover and be less stressed moving forward in the rest of your week.
If you’re hosting a party, make a list of everything you’ll need ahead of time, and ask your friends and family to help you. Who said planning a party wasn’t fun?
2. Don’t spend more than you can afford
During this time of the year people tend to spend a lot more money buying presents, on travel and entertainment.
DO: Set yourself a budget
A good way to do this is to write down, in different categories, how much you’re allowing yourself to spend on gifts, travel, food, etc. and then, stick to your plan.
3. Don’t strive for perfection
Thinking that the holiday season should unfold in a specific way will probably cause you disappointment and frustration. If you want to enjoy a stress free holiday season, don’t put too much pressure on yourself to appease everyone. It’s helpful to divvy up tasks too, so that you don’t feel everything is weighing on your shoulders.
So forget about the perfect gift, or if the house isn’t tidy enough, or if dinner didn’t turn out right. Sometimes we’re too overly concerned about what others think of us… our house, our family, our habits, etc., that we forget that the most important thing during the holidays is to enjoy the company of our loved ones.
DO: Strive to enjoy the present moment
Enjoy cooking with your friends and family, spending time with them and even buying presents that you know will make them smile stress free!
4. Don’t allow room for self-pity
If you’re by yourself this season, don’t feel sorry for yourself, instead…
DO: Be thankful for what you have
Do your best to make it as great as possible by dedicating time to do the things that you love the most. Maybe try something exciting that you’ve never done before or donate your time to help others less fortunate than you.
Remember that you have the opportunity to make this time of the year the best experience possible, with less stress and grateful vibes!
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And if you have any tips for the holidays to experience a season of pure joy, please share it with our community in the comment box below!
*The Mind Movies team has updated this post on December 4th, 2017 to include the latest information for our readers.
Natalie Ledwell is a best selling author, speaker and successful entrepreneur. She's passionate about helping others to achieve their greatest dreams and ambitions through her personal development programs and her online TV show, The Inspiration Show.