Managing Holiday Stress
It’s that time of year that is ripe full of holiday invitations, Santa Claus parades, and short deadlines. Not to mention house guests, entertaining and all of our regular lives that keep spinning. Holiday stress runs rampant for many of us as we struggle to create that magical family Christmas ideal. Let’s keep it real instead.
I’d like to make homemade presents for everyone I know. However, I also work full-time. I know that unless I start in October I’m not likely to achieve that goal. Make similar goals for yourself – be realistic. This may mean you can’t attend every gathering you’re invited to, or you won’t be able to do a homemade neighbour gifts this year.
Make a list
I do better with lists. It takes all the swirling thoughts out of my brain and puts them somewhere where I don’t have to worry about them. Make a list of everyone you are gifting this season – everyone! Don’t forget favourite teachers, daycare providers, or the mail man if you want to.
Try a traditional Christmas where you don’t rush from one household to the next. Or consider spreading out your family holiday events. My family enjoys Christmas together and also likes to do a potluck near Christmas. The other side of my family typically does a gathering before the holidays.
Make Time for Relaxation
Make note of what your stress reliever is. Mine is being outdoors. During the busy times, I schedule time with myself to continue to have a trail walk. On the weeks where I am feeling extra antsy, it’s usually because I’ve prioritized over this time.
What are your top tips for surviving the holidays?
a passionate recreation coordinator by day, crazy farm mama of two by night. i live outdoors: growing my own food, camping and hiking with my border collie with two active kids in tow. when I’m not writing, I’m experimenting with recipes, and crafts – or anything else that might keep the monkeys entertained.