Dealing With Holiday Stress | BLOGMAS DAY 16

Teresa Barker

It’s All Festive Fun and Games Until…

There’s 9 days ’till Christmas and you’ve done almost no shopping, 5 Christmas parties coming up, and the holiday stress finally hits you. If you can relate, hear me when I say I feel you. Here’s how I handle the holiday stress, and hopefully it helps you out, too.

My Tips for Dealing with Holiday Stress

1. Write Out a Schedule
There’s a lot to do around the holidays – from shopping, to traveling, to family gatherings, to festive outings – and it can get overwhelming. Write out everything in your calendar. Either a [amazon_textlink asin=’B07G7HY39D’ text=’paper planner like this one’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’AKIAJUCN5NJUOY4TCVCA’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’3a270a85-0196-11e9-a52b-2daa62bab730′], or use Google Calendar. Then write out the when & where for parties, plans with friends, travel plans, etc. That way, you don’t accidentally forget about something. And from then on just take it day by day.

2. Create Your Shopping List
Make a list in the notes in your phone or on paper. List out all the people you need to get presents for, and then under their name list ideas. Then, once you actually get them a gift, make a note of what you got them. I’ve been doing this for some time now and it’s really helps me to avoid some expected holiday stress. Plus, it also reminded me to get some Secret Santa gifts that I almosttt forgot about.

3. Make Time for Yourself
In the midst of all the festive craziness, it’s important to have some “you” time. Time where you can do the things that you need to do, for you. Whether that’s time to write, make art, take a bath, watch a movie, play your favorite sport, go to the gym, or anything else your heart desires. It’s not only okay to have that time, but it’s crucial to having the holidays be as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.

4. Step Away From the Stress
I love planning and lists as much as the next person (actually, probably significantly more than the average person), but something I need to take a step back from my planner and holiday to-do list. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, that’s your sign it’s time for you to basically (& temporarily) forget all your holiday responsibilities. The parties and shopping lists will still be there even after you take some time to pause and watch an episode of “Nailed It!” (or 5) on Netflix.

5. Forget Being Perfect
I’m guilty of trying to get things to match the image I had for them in my head. But sometimes, it’s just better to be realistic. Maybe your decorations or outfit aren’t quite what you pictured in your head, but realistically, they’re probably good enough. And around the holidays, good enough is, well, good enough. Trying to make everything perfect will only create a bunch of holiday stress for yourself. When instead of stressing yourself out, you could be making the holidays more enjoyable for yourself and everyone around you.

My Final Tip

Lastly, remember that if you’re feeling the holiday stress, other people probably are, too. Be extra patient and kind with others during this time of year (and the rest of the year, too).

Have a plan, breathe, and remember that good enough, is good enough.

Much love, Teresa

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