How to Beat Holiday Stress.
The holidays are a time for joy, anticipation, family and gratitude.
But often it's a time when people feel the most stress, aggravation and anger.
Familial expectations, long lines, and financial constraints make the holidays a burden for some. So how do you turn "Bah humbug" into "Seasons Greetings?"
Disorganization fuels much of the stress. Trying to find last minute gifts, of food items.
Making reservations for family members, trying to find the Christmas china, realizing you don't have enough for that jaw-dropping gift you wanted to get the kids, are all problems that could be headed off before they happen.
Money concerns are also on the rise at Christmastime.
Not only do you have to buy Christmas presents but you also have to buy food, Christmas cards, Christmas decorations and those extra little gifts for people you forget about.
To make matters worse, you realize you actually have a Holiday savings account but you neglected to make deposits.
During all the hustle and bustle it's natural to forget about taking care of yourself.
It's also prime cold and flu season and the winter weather doesn't help any.
Stress wears down your immune system and the last thing you need is to get sick when you've got Christmas wrapping to do. So take a step back and start early.
You probably know weeks in advance certain toys that you want to buy for your son or daughter, why not buy, wrap and hide them in the rafters?
Some stores even have layaway so that you can buy your Christmas gifts pay for them in payments and pick them up in time for Christmas.
Make dinner and hotel reservations a month or two before December.
Not only will you feel secure about having this task done but you won't have to settle for what's left or risk calling all over town for availability.
Try buying Christmas cards and decorations right after Christmas for the following year.
Not only will you be prepared for next year, you'll also get a great deal on discounted cards and decorations.
This is also a great time to stock up on generic little gifts and stocking stuffers that you can have on hand for those last minute dinner parties or for when you get an unexpected gift and would like to return the favor.
Things like a classy vase, or beautiful picture frame, a cute photo album or classic novel are all great buys that could work in a pinch for a variety of different people in your life.
Finally, remember to slow down and take care of you.
When family starts to get to you, before you say anything suck in a deep breath, hold it for two or three seconds and then exhale slowly.
For some, counting to 10 before remarking helps. If it feels like taking pause isn't going to stop you from blowing your top, excuse yourself and take a brisk walk.
Leave room for one very important appoint. An appointment with you.
Schedule time to either spend alone time in a quiet room, walk 9 holes of golf by yourself, have a spa day or massage, or just soak in a tub.
Whatever it is you do to clear your mind and relax your body, schedule time for that activity on a calendar, let everyone know you intend to keep that appointment and take your mind off your holiday duties and obligations.
Keeping your sanity is one of the simplest ways to make the holiday season a joyous one.
More Resources for Simplifying Christmas
You can also save money and be unique, by making your own Christmas cards this year.
I have a brilliant pack of 1,500 Christmas royalty free images for only $5 that you can download and use year after year.
They are gorgeous and such fun to use on handmade cards and decorations.
Learning how to keep Christmas simple is a matter of making sure you are organized with your Christmas planning and budgeting every step of the way.
Please visit and enjoy all the great tips and ideas I have put on there to help you enjoy Christmas in a more relaxed way.
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