There are only 11 days left until Christmas!! First of all, holy crap time is FLYING by. Secondly, we’re now at the peak of the holiday season which means you’ll probably be attending a few holiday get-togethers within the next 2 weeks and spending a large chunk of your time running errands and doing last-minute shopping to find that perfect gift for your loved ones. If you’re anything like me, family parties and constantly being on the go during the holidays can make you go a little bit cray! In today’s post I’m sharing 5 tips to help you relieve stress and unwind this holiday season.
Avoid crowded shops and malls.
Honestly, I used to LOVE being at the malls during this time of year because it feels so Christmas-y with all of the festive music and decorations everywhere, but now as I’ve gotten older I can’t stand being in the crowds. It causes me WAY more stress than I need in my life. Between searching for the perfect gift alongside a ton of other people and enduring long line-ups, malls can leave you feeling frazzled and super stressed out. Don’t even get me started on what happens if you find the perfect gift after all that time, but they don’t have the right size in store! An easy fix for this is to do online shopping (make sure you do it early enough so everything gets delivered in time) OR plan ahead and do your shopping early in the morning when malls are less crowded.
Create a budget and stick to it.
Let’s be real, money can be a HUGE cause of stress – especially during the holidays when money seems to literally fly out of your wallet between presents and events. Sh*t is EXPENSIVE and bills add up quickly! Combat this source of stress by creating a budget – make a list of all the people you need to get gifts for and assign a budget for each gift, then make a list of all the events and parties you plan to attend and assign a budget for each of those. Don’t forget to factor in all the cute new outfits you might want to get for the holidays! Now the hardest part, STICK TO THE BUDGET! Ok let’s be realistic, it’s super easy to go over a set budget. But there are ways to help you stay on track such as taking advantage of sales! I do the majority of my holiday gift shopping during Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. GAME. CHANGER! This requires you to be super on top of things and know what you want to get people in advance, but it is so worth the deals. If you can’t get organized that early in the season, most stores have a ton of sales and special deals leading up to the big day so stay on the lookout and take full advantage of them.
Space out your tasks/events.
During these last 2 weeks before Christmas, it can feel like you’re ALWAYS on the go between running errands and attending events. For me, feeling like I’m constantly on power-mode makes me feel burnt out and just plain exhausted. I avoid this by spacing out my tasks and events as best as I can. That being said, the holiday season is short so it’s hard to fully space things out, but I try to make sure I have some down time each day to relax. If you have an event to attend on a given day, avoid running any errands that day so you can have some time to just do nothing. If you have a day of running errands and doing shopping, try to prioritize 2-3 tasks and get it all done within a few hours so that you’re not spending the entire day running around. Your stress hormones will thank you.
Plan fun activities.
Whether you’re single, married, or a parent, the holidays are the PERFECT time to start fun traditions and take advantage of a ton of fun holiday-themed activities such as decorating a gingerbread house, baking cookies (because YUM!), watching holiday movies, or visiting a Christmas market. Running errands, and let’s face it, attending family get-togethers can be super stressful at times. Making time for fun activities either by yourself or with your loved ones can help break up all the stressful things happening around you and also help you to unwind after a long day of being out and about.
Take some time for self-care.
Last, but certainly not least, the very BEST way to unwind during the holiday season (and any time of year) is to take some time for yourself and a little bit of self-care. Whether it’s taking time for a warm bath after a morning of shopping or sitting down with a hot cup of tea and a good book after coming home from your annual family Christmas party, making time for self-care is a great way to unwind and rejuvenate yourself. Remember, it doesn’t need to be the traditional ideas of self-care either. For me, during the holidays I absolutely LOVE sitting down after everyone else has gone to sleep and wrapping presents. It may seem like another annoying task that needs to get done to some people, but for me it’s super relaxing and I enjoy doing it. Whatever you choose to do, let yourself be fully immersed in it so that you can completely unwind and relax.
While the holidays are notoriously known as the most wonderful time of the year (and in my opinion they definitely are!), they can also bring with it a ton of stress and unnecessary anxiety. I hope these 5 tips help you to relieve some of that stress and unwind so that you can fully enjoy the enjoyable moments this Christmas.
Wishing you all the best holiday season yet.