9 Holiday Stress Relief Tips

The holidays are right around the corner. Next week is already Thanksgiving and before you know it will be Christmas. We all know the holidays can be very stressful but they don't have to be.

The holidays can be so overwhelming. Between making the perfect meal, finding the perfect gift, crazy amounts of shoppers and drivers, attending parties, and so much more can make you go nuts. In my house right now it is all the TV ads that come with "Mommy I want" a million times a day and coming up with lists for which grandparent is going to buy which kid what present so we limit the new toys added to their collection. 

You don't have to be stressed this holiday season. I have compiled some amazing tips to help you this holiday season.

9 Holiday Stress Relief Tips

1- Plan Ahead - Budget
Write down who you have to buy for and come up with a budget. Include in your budget food and beverage, travel, gifts, new decorations, etc. If money is tight this year suggest doing a gift exchange or white elephant game instead of buying for everyone on your list. 

2- Plan Ahead- Schedule
Elf on the shelf, letters to Santa, parties, breakfast with Santa, the list just goes on. Plan whats going to happen when. It may not happen as planned but at least you have an idea of when it is going to happen. This also will help knowing if you have enough time to do everything you want to do, or if you need to limit your bucket list. 

3- Avoid the Crowds
We all know that fighting the crowds to get the right gift can make you want to pull your hair out. Why not do your shopping online? Between Amazon, Fed Ex, UPS, and USPS gifts can be delivered to your door and you don't even have to get dressed. 

4- Schedule "ME" time
Make a little time for yourself, you deserve it. It could be to just get away from your hectic everyday life and the hustle of the holidays. Try going for a walk, take a bath, or wake up before everyone else, enjoying a cup of hot tea and a good book. Whatever you enjoy that will help you relax.

5- Show Gratitude 
It so easy to forget about the meaning of the season (the major retailers already have you thinking that it is all about gifts with them opening on Thanksgiving as the new Black Friday) The holidays are meant to be filled with joy, love, laughter, excitement, and gratitude. Take time each day to be thankful for what you have. 

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6- Keep Expectation Realistic 
You can't be Wonder Woman or Super Man and be able to do everything. You're not made of money either. This may mean you can't attend every party your invited to, bake all the cookies in the cookbook, buy everyone on your list a gift, or have the perfectly decorated Christmas tree with the presents that look like they are from a Hallmark movie. Take a step back and decide what you are able to do and what you really want to do.

7- Learn To Say No!
Sometimes you just have to politely decline. Don't over schedule yourself and you will just be kicking yourself in the butt for it later. Traditions can be changed, new things can be started. Focus on what is going to make you happy and what you have time for.

8- Don't Abandon Healthy Habits 
The holidays come with lots of sweets, alcoholic beverages, parties, etc. Sticking to healthy habits doesn't mean you can't have a treat. It means make healthy choices, workout 30 minutes a few times a week, drink half your body weight in water, get enough sleep for your body, enjoy the good company, and have a good laugh. Taking care of yourself should be a top priority. 

9- Ask For Help
Just because you are hosting Thanksgiving or Christmas Eve doesn't mean you have to make everything yourself. Ask others to bring a dish, or drink. This can also include using paper plates instead of having to do all the dishes.

Do you have any holiday stress relief tips?

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  1. These are all great tips!!! I especially love keeping expectations realistic!

  2. Thanks so much for linking up with us!

  3. Great tips! I am definitely an on-line shopper. Anytime I can avoid crowded stores it's a win!


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