While many children look forward to the holidays for all the presents, food and games, some adults dread all the preparation that goes with the season. It’s true that holidays can be so stressful, even as this is the time to be “merry and jolly” since we’re supposed to reconnect with our kin and loved-ones.
Below are some things to keep in mind in order to avoid stress during the holidays, and manage the celebrations without actually going crazy.
1. Take away that “last-minute” mentality. If you have to buy presents for your friends and family, doing it earlier would be tons better. There really is such a thing as holiday rush and previous Christmas experiences should teach you something about this. Don’t get into the frenzy of last minute shopping, or else you will really wind up with a headache.
2. Speaking of gift-shopping, don’t aspire and become overly ambitious with presents. Adding a personal touch, via handmade gifts or personalized items, may score you some points with your friends and loved-ones, but if this is something that will take a lot from you, then it may be a good idea to skip it all together and aim for a simple, but thoughtful gift. Same thing with the budget, if the gifts you have in mind may eventually blow your funds, then it may be better to cut back on it than to worry about paying your bills come January.
3. Be selective with which event you go to. Holidays is when most reunions and gatherings happen, and while that reconnection it is a good thing, you don’t realy have to sign up for every party you’re invited to. If you attend to every invitation, you will be stretching yourself and your resources too thinly that you may not even be able to celebrate the holidays well, due to tiredness and stress.
The thing is, holiday stress can be best avoided if you do take control of yourself, your spendings and your schedules. The most important thing to keep in mind is that this is a time to enjoy with your immediate family and for as long as you have this all together, it’s all that really matters.
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