Holidays are a wonderful time to regroup with one’s self and with family and friends. However, for many people the holidays are a time of high anxiety, immense stress, exhaustion, in short holidays are a time of dread! Maybe this year can spark a change and restore the true spirit of the holidays for you and your family while enjoying some down time yourself. Following a few guidelines can be helpful and considerably reduce stress which can enable a pleasant holiday season. Here are some simple ways to manage holiday season:
- Setting realistic expectations.
Acknowledge the resources (in time, energy, money etc.) you have and plan accordingly. Take the time to evaluate if tasks can be attained effectively while you retain your emotional and physical health.
- Make a checklist in order of priority.
Include members of your family in determining what’s most important to each family member and how can your family work together to prioritizing the checklist.
- Keep it simple.
Try and opt for simplicity over complexity if you are short of time, energy or resources. For example:
- Getting gift cards instead of spending hours shopping for gifts.
- Checking in with friends or family on preferred/specific gifts to cut decision making time.
- Shop online
- Proposing a potluck when entertaining or catering some portion of the menu if possible. If either aren’t possible, opting for a simple menu instead.
- Making a checklist of how you can simplify your different tasks on hand.
- Reminding yourself about the true spirit of the season when you realize you are taking on too much. Sometimes a gentle reminder of the true spirit or the “meaning” of the season can help get perspective on how we can trim tasks an ensure quality time on what really matters.
- Take time for you:
Getting enough sleep, staying hydrated and getting exercise can help you feel energized. In addition take short breaks to bring your attention to your surroundings. Whether it is noticing the decorations around or the holiday music or enjoying a latte by yourself, make sure you take a few minutes amidst your busy schedule to regroup with yourself.