Hello, all! Before we start, let me just say that I am SO excited about today’s post. It’s the very first guest post on my blog, and it couldn’t come from at a better time or from a better place. My friend, Haley, over at Simple Joy is here to give you some wonderful tips to have a stress-free holiday season and consequently a more enjoyable one! Thanks, Haley for sharing 7 Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season
Simple Joy was founded by Hayley Forster, a Professional Organiser & Lifestyle Coach. Hayley is an advocate of intentional living, with a passion for helping others simplify their lives in order to find their ideal lifestyle full of contentment, creativity, and authenticity!
Friends lets all have a stress free holiday season! Hopefully, these tips can lead you to a more enjoyable and stress-free holiday season. There is so much fun to be had this time of year. Seeing friends and family, parties, yummy treats, just to name a few. With all of the running around, Elf on the Shelf, wrapping, and baking this magical time of year can often times raise stress levels. Let’s just skip that stress part, shall we?
With that, I’ll turn it over to Haley!
7 Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season
Christmas is the season where family, long lost friends and even strangers unite. It’s everyone’s favorite time of the year and we are bound by delight and joyful bliss. But for the homemakers, it is the busiest and messiest occasion of all. Instead of overflowing joy, we feel worried and stressed-out. So here are my tips to make the season more enjoyable!
Everyone dreams about a perfect holiday – whether it may be a getaway or a homebound hangout. Visualize how you want to spend your Christmas holiday. List down each task, events, programs, food, guests etc. that you have in mind.
After listing everything down. Make sure that you sort everything out according to kind and order. (e.g Food – menu #1 – egg, mayo, lettuce, loaf, and cheese – menu #2 “list of ingredients | Program – Movie Marathon 7 pm – “list of things needed” – blanket, popcorn, and so on.. ) Don’t forget to put a price beside each thing.
Who in the family might be able to help me with task #1? Be more efficient by having others around you help out. Flourish their skills by letting them help you. How about letting the kids and their father put up the Christmas tree in the living room or having your eldest child do the dishes after you cook? You’ll be happier and productive that way. Trust me, asides, you’ll also get a spark of motivation while having fun bonding with one another as you finish up the holiday tasks.
Okay. Truth be told, we are never too young to be called forgetful. Especially during the times when we are loaded with tasks to do on a daily basis – it is kinda’ draining, I know. And we cannot depend on pen and paper. We need something that will notify us to do this specific task in a specific time. Set digital reminders in your phone and don’t swipe and forget!
Take a deep breath and be aware of what you are currently feeling. Just close your eyes and take some time thinking of all the things you’ve accomplished in your day and things that went wrong. Now on a scale of 1-10 rate your day. It’s okay, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Let go of perfectionism and start to appreciate little achievements and smiles you got today. Gratitude and forgiveness go hand in hand, you just have to define and be aware of the exact thing that’s going on in your heart and mind.