A stress-free Christmas. It doesn’t sound like those words go together, but they can. Use these four secrets to creating a stress-free December.
The holidays are among us – a time of year that’s known for its busy nature that can lead to quite a bit of stress. After all, you likely have several invitations to gatherings collecting on your counter, a long list of people you need to send Christmas cards to, and the daunting task of braving the shopping mall crowds to find the gifts for your loved ones. All of this, on top of your normal everyday life. It can be overwhelming and stressful, to say the least.
I wanted to share with you some of my favorite ways to navigate this busy, stressful time of year and make this season a lot more enjoyable, less stressful and a time you will remember with fond memories.
These 4 secret weapons for a stress-free Christmas include…
Just say no. It can be difficult, to say no. But the first thing or person you need to say no to is yourself. Say no to being perfect and perfectionism. Everything doesn’t need to be perfect. Things can remain undone and you still can enjoy Advent and Christmas. You don’t have to attend every party. Your house will still be festive with a few, less decorations. Remember it is the thought that counts, not that the gift is “perfect”. Take a few minutes of quiet. Listen for that small voice letting you know what really is important. Then let go of some of the things on your to-do list and perfectionism.
Put forth effort to be present. It can be difficult, I understand. It’s almost a reflex to scroll through Facebook, Instagram, or email when we have a free moment – do you do the same? You can dodge this by leaving your electronics in another room. Don’t even allow yourself the temptation to pick up your phone and disengage from communicating with your gathered love ones. When I’m feeling particularly scatter-brained, what really helps ground me is focusing on my senses. What do I smell? What do I hear? What do I feel? Stopping and thinking through what’s going on around you at that very moment really brings you into the present moment unlike anything else. It’s a wonderful tool to use to dial in and be present – and is a great tool to use year-round, not just during the holidays!
For more ideas read, 4 Tips to Calm Your Body, Mind & Emotions.
Give up those expectations. A lot of the stress we put on ourselves this season lies in the notion that we have expectations. Therefore, drop the expectations of how a gathering will go. Let go of the feeling that everyone needs to be peaceful and happy. Don’t have any expectations for how your house must look. Just let yourself enjoy whatever comes. There is joy to be found in each situation, so even when things don’t go exactly as planned – spend your energy finding gratitude in your circumstances and enjoying as much of your time as you possibly can. You may find you end up with a stress-free Christmas.
Make sure you sleep. It’s incredibly important to keep a proper sleep in your schedule, no matter how busy you may feel. Make it a habit to go to sleep at the same time every night you are home. When you don’t get enough sleep, everything is harder to accomplish. You will get more done and enjoy more when you have enough sleep. It also helps your body stay healthier and make better eating and moving choices. You may enjoy, Sleep to Detoxify Your Body and Brain.
What are your favorite ways to make sure you have a stress free Christmas?
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