The key to a less-stressed holiday? Well, just as each snowflake is unique, but basically similar, your approach to holiday stress relief may be unique to you, but basically this: relax! Here are some ways in which you can do this:
- Relax Standards
Many of us drive ourselves and others crazy trying to create the 'perfect holiday season' for ourselves and, especially, for the children. In doing so, we may end up throwing the baby out with the bathwater and missing the big picture--the holiday season is supposed to be about joy! Try to relax your standards for what 'must' be done, and shrug off holiday perfectionism. Here's how to avoid holiday perfectionism.
- Relax Schedules
You don't need to follow every possible path to holiday memories. Really. Trying to do too many things can leave you feeling that you're not fully enjoying any of them because you feel so frazzled, rushed, and over-committed. Try this: think about what you've enjoyed over the years, and try to pick the top few highlights. (Ask your kids and spouse to do the same, if you have kids or a spouse.) Then, really prioritize these things. (Here are some more tips on how to prioritize.) Whereas the above tip involves doing many things with less precision and commitment, this tip involves cutting back on the overall amount of things you're doing, so you can really savor the things you actually do. You can try either approach, or try them both together; they work.
- Relax Your Body
As your holiday fun turns to holiday overwhelm, a quick way out is to practice relaxation techniques that will turn back your body's stress response and help you stress less and enjoy the season more, no matter what you're doing in the moment. I love to recommend taking a nice cleansing breath and going from there, because it works quickly and simply! Here are some more ways to become relaxed when you need to.