Updated: November 13, 2022
(EliteLikeYou) To many of us, holidays mean family, food, and fun. But, let’s keep it real. The holidays can be extremely stressful! Holiday shopping, organizing, dinners, and dealing with the in-laws can be rough. But as women, who do so much each and every day, we need to have a game plan to avoid the holiday season BURNOUT.
I used to be a chronic procrastinator (and still am at times). I would think about things I needed to do for weeks and let them bother me until I was forced to deal with them. Instead of taking care of it and being done with them. This is a recipe for disaster during the holidays.
As someone who has been thre and done that. I decided to ceate a small list of pointers you can do to make this holiday season less stressful and more enjoyable:
Understand Your Limits
The first step in avoiding stress during the holidays is understanding your limits. I have been guilty of this myself. I remember hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for 15 people with a 5-year-old and a 9-month-old! Talk about a disaster. At the end of the night, I was exhausted, resentful of my guests, depleted, and angry at myself for not knowing better. Sometimes being a superwoman is not worth it!
Before you partake in any family event, take a few minutes to decide what you can do, and what you WANT to do.
Planning will enable you to make clear decisions without having to rush or become stressed.
We all need to give ourselves a kick in the pants every now and then and just do it (Nike pun intended)! Instead of saying I will do it tomorrow, wake up in the morning and dedicate some time to start getting things Done! A to-do list to help you get organized is a great way to start.
Planning ahead makes all the difference in the world! Take baby steps every week instead of trying to do everything over a weekend. This will help alleviate stress and help you feel like you are not running around in circles. For the holidays, I usually start 5 weeks before a large event or dinner to give me enough time to prepare. However, If a large crowd is too overwhelming I make sure to cut down the guest list.
Do as much as you can as early as you can to avoid a bottleneck of tasks before the event.
How Much Time Do You Need for Each Task
I have learned that if I give myself all day to do something it takes me all day, but if I set a specific amount of time to do it-I can usually accomplish it. How long does it take you to make a list of your holiday guests. 5 minutes, 10 minutes? Set that time and get it Done!
Don’t give up or be hard on yourself when you have a setback or did not complete a task. Start right where you left off and keep going. Life is not perfect, and being kind to yourself is of the utmost importance.
Check out the YouTube Video below that discusses holiday stress and provides some other helpful tips!
Please comment and let me know how you deal with holiday stress and how you pull through. I’m sure one of my readers would really appreciate It!
Happy Holidays 🙂