This year, the holidays don’t have to be stressful! Here are 5 holiday stress relief tips to help you feel energized all season long!
5 Holiday Stress Relief Tips
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With all the hustle and bustle during the holidays, it is easy to become overwhelmed. What is the perfect gift to buy? The perfect meal to make? And how can you deliver a picture-perfect neighborhood gift? These are just a few of the many daunting holiday tasks. This year, we are bringing you glad tidings of great joy because, you don’t have to be a stress ball this holiday season! Follow these AWESOME tips for some holiday stress relief and learn to love the holiday season again!
Here are 5 of the best holiday stress relief tips:
Plan Ahead & Delegate
One major holiday stress relief is to plan ahead. When you intentionally create a plan, you can stop obsessing over every detail. Don’t have a planner that you love? No problem! Check out our Ultimate Christmas Planner to help you get everything ready this year. It includes: letters to Santa, gift guides, budget sheets, menu planners, and so much more.
It is important to prioritize your time, and delegate tasks to other people. Are you hosting Thanksgiving or Christmas this year? Then ask Aunt Susan to bring the pies, and Uncle Johnny to bring stuffing or drinks. Whatever you can delegate, you must!
This is one of the most important holiday stress relief tips!
There once was a time when all shopping had to be done in-store. Well, praise the heavens, that time has past! Welcome to the 21st century! Everything you could ever want or need is, quite literally, right at your fingertips.
This year, make your purchases online, and have all your holiday must-haves delivered right to your front door. Don’t worry, if you forget until last minute. Amazon prime members get free 2-day shipping. Can I get a woot-woot?!
Buy Party Treats
If you are reading this, and are a perfectionist like me, this might be a little hard to swallow. I am suggesting that this year, rather than slaving all day in the kitchen, you just run to the grocery store and buy party treats. I know. Take a deep breath. In and out. It’s going to be ok.
Guess what? Your sanity is going to be worth much more than your home-baked good. There is no shame in buying party treats, especially when you’ve got so much going on during the holiday season. Costco is pretty much the mecca of holiday treats. Their pumpkin pie is divine! Bonus: it is only $5.99!! You couldn’t make a pumpkin pie that size for cheaper than that.
Make Time to Relax
Holiday stress can consume you if you don’t make time to relax. When you are planning ahead and scheduling your holiday season, make sure you plan relaxation time. Leave at least one hour clear each day for some “you” time.
Soak in the tub with a good book, take time getting ready, or snuggle up with some good ole fashioned Netflix and chill. There is no right or wrong way to relax, but what is wrong is not making time for a little relaxation this holiday season!
Don’t Neglect to Exercise
Ultimately, we feel better about ourselves when we make time to exercise. During the holidays, it can be difficult to find time or the motivation to exercise. Although it might be a bit of a challenge, it will change your holiday experience.
Exercise releases endorphins that make us happy. It literally sends happy chemicals to our brain that make us feel better. When your Thanksgiving turkey comes out dry for the fifth consecutive year, you are going to be so thankful for those happy chemicals floating around up there!
If the thought of exercise alone stresses you out, then just think of it as walking. Walking is a great way to stay in shape and get all the benefits from other forms of exercise. If it is too cold to walk, try Zumba or Yoga classes. These are super fun ways to stay fit that honestly don’t even feel like exercise!
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Michele is a Family Life Educator. She is a mom to 5 kids and loves helping others strengthen their families! When she is not blogging she is spending time with her family and running around drinking Diet Coke trying to get everything done!