How To Handle The Holiday Stresses
Are you searching for ways to get a handle on holiday stress. Does the overwhelm of entertaining, shopping, creating meal plans, buying gifts, and travel give you anxiety? Don't let the stress of the holiday season bring you down.
How to afford everything?
The first thing you want to do before starting your holiday shopping is to create a budget. After that budget is set, decide on the list of people you want to get presents for. Once you decide on those people set a budget of how much you are able to spend on each person. If you have too many people on that list and can't afford everything try reaching out to family members or friends and asking if they would like to draw names. If that option is not available and you still want to get gifts for everyone on your list think about making something or baking them cookies.
How to deal with difficult family members?
Everybody has that one difficult family member and when it comes to the holidays it brings on that extra stress. It could be a toxic mother-in-law, a bratty cousin, or another relative that just drives you nuts. In order to be able to stand them for the holidays and be able to enjoy the day you have to look for the positive in the situation. The best thing you can do if you are going to be around them and it's a family get together be polite and civil, but do your best to stay away from them.
How to feel more connected if you're far away from family?
When the holidays are upon us are you are really missing home. Don't forget to eliminate some of the stress of being away from home by connecting with family. Ideas to use would be video chatting on Skype, FaceTime, and also, Snapchat has a lot of fun options to create pictures that can make your mom laugh, especially on the days that she really misses you.
Don't like crowds or all the extra holiday traffic?
I don't blame you. Dealing with the extra holiday stress from extra long lines in Walmart to being stuck in holiday traffic. One way to avoid that would be to shop online. Take advantage of the deals and gift guides you can find on www.getyourholidayon.com.
How to get it all done?
When you're being faced with so many extra tasks it can get overwhelming. The best thing to do is take a moment to sit down and relax. Create a list of things that you need to get done. Out of those tasks that you have written down put a number from 1-10 with 1 being the #1 thing that is important to get done to #10 being the least.
Examples to use:
- Family plan (decide if you staying home or going out-of-town)
- Get Plane Tickets
- Bake things you can freeze
- Shop for cards and gift wrap
- Create a budget
- Start Shopping for Christmas gifts
- Wrap Gifts
- Mail Cards
- Get a tree (set up decorations)
- Buy Christmas outfits
With the help of organizing your tasks and prioritizing what needs to be done, it will help to eliminate some of the holiday stress.