Avoid letting stress rob you of holiday joys this season. Give yourself a gift by preparing to manage the high-intensity season with thoughtful planning.
You will need
- Family peace treaty
- Realistic expectations
- Budget (optional)
- Volunteer opportunities (optional)
Step 1 Make a list Make a list of your priorities and check it twice, making sure it realistically aligns with your available time and energy. Don’t take on more than you can handle.
Step 2 Plan Plan days for shopping, sending cards, baking, and other favorite holiday activities.
Maintain a gift, food, and entertainment budget to avoid the stress of overspending.
Step 3 Delegate tasks Delegate tasks to other family members, keeping in mind that even small children are capable of providing an extra hand.
Step 4 Create time for yourself Create time for yourself to refresh, recharge, and keep focused on what is truly meaningful about the season.
Step 5 Avoid overindulgence Avoid overindulgence, resisting the extra goodies and drinks, and stay committed to caring for your body with adequate sleep and exercise.
Grab a healthy snack before holiday parties to reduce the temptation to overdo on high calorie foods.
Step 6 Make a peace treaty Make a peace treaty with family members with whom you have differences, setting aside a later time to address conflicts.
Volunteer to help others if you are alone for the holidays.
Step 7 Maintain a realistic attitude Maintain a realistic attitude, letting go of perfection, and adapt to family changes and circumstances, while remembering to hold precious the small things that make lasting memories.
Did You Know:
The average American gains about one pound during the holiday season.