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Elizabeth Scott, M.S.

Holiday Stress Relief—From My Big Sister!

By November 9, 2012

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Today I was shocked and awed by something my sister told me: she's completely done with her holiday gift shopping! (Last I checked, it's early November!) While I've been thinking about getting things done early this year (and about writing about getting things done, and perhaps even offering an e course on getting things done early), my amazing sis has just been getting things done.

Even more impressive is the fact that she went with an incredibly frugal holiday gift plan this year. She kept things simple, but still managed to get everyone something that they would truly appreciate. (As her sister, I'm privy to all her holiday surprises.)

Not to be outdone by my very organized sister, I'm getting my holiday act together now, and you should, too! While you're planning your Thanksgiving activities, you can get a jump on holiday shopping, cards and plans, and save yourself stress and hassle in December. Wouldn't it be nice to get all of your planning out of the way now, and enjoy December as you did when you were a kid--with 100% excitement and anticipation and 0% stressing about last-minute shopping, decorating, and deciding if you have time to go to all the parties and still get everything done?

I'll be providing you with holiday resources over the next two months, but let me perhaps be the first to put out the idea of getting your holiday planning taken care of now, while it will be fun to be so early. Here are some things you can do now:

  • Holiday Card Shortcuts
    Starting NOW on your holiday cards is a great way to make the whole process fun and meaningful, rather than a mad dash to push them through the assembly line and into the mail. Bonus: they won't go out at the last minute!
  • Start Shopping Now--Seriously!
    I always laughed when I saw the holiday displays out in the stores during early November and sometimes even October, figuring the stores were just trying to cash in as much as possible. While this may be true, there are legitimate reasons to start your holiday shopping now--including taking advantage of early sales! Here's how to make holiday shopping stress-less and fun.
  • 'Tis The Season To Feel...Golly!
    Where does all the holiday stress come from? Here's an overview with general ideas on stress relief so you can understand and circumvent the stress that you and your family may encounter.

More Holiday Resources from Elizabeth Scott:

What are your best ideas for managing holiday stress? Share your thoughts in the comments section. You may also want to sign up for the free Stress Management Weekly Newsletter to stay posted on the latest research, information and tools related to healthy stress management.

November 13, 2008 at 4:22 pm
(1) Elizabeth Stanfill says:

Your sister is awesome. I usually get things done the weekend after Thanksgiving. It is a great time to go shopping because of the great deals and I love to spend that day with my Mom. I also get all the decorations out and ready to go for Christmas. When we get things done early it makes the holidays much more pleasant. Great post.

November 15, 2008 at 4:05 pm
(2) stress says:

Thanks, Elizabeth! I usually do things when you do, right after Thanksgiving–or at least I try to. It’s early enough to get things done before it gets stressful, but late enough that it feels like it’s ‘the right time’, like it’s all part of the holiday season. I’m intrigued, though, to see what it will be like to get things done BEFORE Thanksgiving. Will it be so stress-free that it’s not exciting? Or will it free me up to really enjoy everything else? (Both?) I’ll bring it up again later and see what people think. I think the main idea is to not wait until mid-to-late-December when things get really crazy. Anyway, thanks for your comments!

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