Every year around this time, I seem to let myself get overwhelmed about the Holidays.
What do I need to bake? What do I need to get everyone for Christmas? When was that party again? Will my packages make it on time?
I suffer from anxiety, so at times it’s harder for me to handle everything that needs to be done. What helps me, is making a list of things I need to do and check them off as I go and know that it will all eventually get done and there is no need to stress.
Below are 5 tips that can help you make it through this holiday season!
1. Keep your calendar up to date
It’s always good to be specific when adding stuff in your calendar. For example, don’t just say “Paige’s party.” Add more details on where it is, what time, where to park, what food or gift to bring. Knowing all these things will be sure to help, especially if you’re running late. (Which I’m guilty of doing..Libra thing.)
2. Learn to say no
For me, this is one of the hardest things. Even when I’m tired and I know I have lots of things to do, if someone invites me to a party, I have the hardest time turning it down. This is the season of obligations, don’t be afraid to say no. If you feel tired, relax. There will be more opportunities to hang out and see your friends. Even when you’re spending money on gifts, know your budget. Don’t feel like you have to get every present your sister asked for.
3. Don’t like crowds? Hello, online shopping
This may be a no brainer, but often times I feel like I just need to run to the store to grab something. I absolutely hate crowds, but I also hate waiting on things to arrive. Oh well, this helps me learn to have patience, right? Make a list of everything you need to buy, order it, and sit back and relax. I mean, you can buy all your gifts in like 30 minutes. Try doing that at the mall, not going to happen.
4. Stock up on quick gift items
Need a gift ASAP but you have no time to go out and grab something? Stock up on a few items that everyone will love. My favorite, wine! Buy a case of wine, some cute wine bags, and voila! Some other great items would be candles, candy gift sets, or baked goods.
5. Make things fun
Yeah you may be tired, and stressed. But don’t forget to make time for yourself and actually enjoy this holiday season. If you don’t feel like dressing up and being social, do something low-key, grab a hot chocolate and see Christmas lights, take a carriage ride, make a gingerbread house, curl up and watch Christmas movies. Don’t let the stress keep you from enjoying the magic of the holidays.