How to Keep Your Mind Organized for a Stress-Free Holiday Season
The holiday season can be a time full of warmth, family gatherings, and coming together. However, it can be a time of gift giving stress, scheduling nightmares, and crowded malls just as easily. So, here’s our top tips on keeping your mind stress-free for a great holiday season.
1. Write Everything Down. Yes, Everything.
Sometimes the oldest tricks in the book are the best, and that’s the case here. Whether it’s your calendar app, a physical planner, or a notebook- if you think you’re going to remember another holiday party or to get a gift for another white elephant, chances are you won’t. Make things easier on future you and write down reminders and events so your week is planned out in advance. This way, you won’t have any surprise “where are you?” texts throwing your night into a rushed chaos of finding a gift and getting somewhere.
2. Switch Up Your Routine
This may seem a bit counterintuitive, but the schedule that works for you normally may not necessarily work with your holiday schedule. If you typically work out in the evening, try waking up early and hitting the gym before work so your evenings are free for holiday preparations and activities. In order to do this, try writing out your typical day on a sheet of paper and see where you could switch things around in order to give yourself more free time.
3. Don’t Forget About Yourself!
During the season of cooking meals to feed twenty and finding the perfect gifts, it can be easy to forget to give back to yourself as well. Finding time for yourself, be it working out a few times a week, curling up by the fire with your favorite Christmas movie, or taking time for a luxurious bubble bath before bed is essential. If you are running on fumes, you will not be able to give your full self to others and enjoy your holiday season, so make sure to be as giving to yourself as you are to others!
4. Don’t Be Afraid to Say No
It can be hard to say no sometimes, especially when it comes to invitations. While you’re going to want to attend every friendsgiving or holiday party, know what’s realistic with your schedule. If three people invite you to a party the same night, don’t spend your night timing yourself and rushing to get to the next place, remember that the holidays are meant to be a time to enjoy the company of others and simply say no to what you know you will not have time for. If you’re still not convinced, know that this is a budget friendly tip as well! The less white elephants you attend, the less gifts you have to buy, saving you time spent shopping as well as money.
Remembering that the holidays are meant to be an enjoyable time rather than a stressful one is important in making decisions about how to spend them. If you are simply trying to make everyone around you happy and get through the holidays in one piece, chances are you won’t genuinely enjoy them. So, when making plans and scheduling your time, think about what will make you happy. You have the ultimate choice on whether or not your holiday season is a good one- so make choices that will make it a great one!