Overcome Holiday Stress

overcome holiday stressOvercome Holiday Stress

Episode 243

Overcome Holiday Stress? Who are you kidding? The holidays are meant to be stressful, disorganized overspending and gluttonous, right? Whether it is Christmas, New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving, or all the celebrations in between there is always room for improvement. Whether stress often appears to be the harsh reality there is a way to overcome all of the typical holiday struggles and stresses. In this episode Felice explains that even while hosting, sometimes upwards of 35 guests of all ages she can enjoy the holidays.

Six Stress Busters For The Holiday

Stress free celebrations here

Overcome Holiday Stress with these quick tips:

  1. Delegate
  2. Shortcuts
  3. Let some traditions (if stressful) go
  4. Identify the holiday stress in  your life
  5. What is on your list that you can avoid?

More great tips to overcome holiday stress.

  1. Gift shopping – online, deals or sales in the summer. Make gifts if possible to cut back on the money.
  2. Food shopping use online sources or look at batch shopping or buying in bulk. Utilize family to help out and minimize as much as possible.
  3. Sending cards – do you or don’t you like sending them out? If you don’t be sure to cut your list way back and only send to family.
  4. Photos – do or don’t? We are taking pictures this year however on Christmas Eve before we attend church. It won’t be in our card this year, the first time ever! However, with kids in college, the timing just didn’t work out this year. Change is not always a bad thing, being adaptable and making the appropriate changes helps.
  5. Letter – do or don’t? This year I won’t add a family letter. It has been a long time tradition in my family to write letters. However most of our elderly relatives who counted on an update and news are gone, now we connect with family and friends online.
  6. Baking/ cooking/ preparing ahead: I still do this and it is so freeing to have a wonderful, stress-free day with the bulk of the food (except the meats) cooked and ready for heat up.
  7. Presents – to wrap or bag? I mix up the wrapping. One year I went full steam with the bags, but now I do about fifty-percent of each.

What are your best tips for cutting back on stress?

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