HoliDAZE: 5 Tips to Reduce Your Holiday Stress

The holidays can get really stressful, but you don’t have to break a sweat! Here are five awesome tips to make your holiday season a bit more stress-free (and a lot more enjoyable.)

1. Treasure Every Moment

It’s amazing how fast December flies by. We get so busy and caught up in the holiday “process” that we forget to enjoy the moments. We get so busy decorating, gift-shopping, party-planning that we lose sight of the precious time that is the beauty of this season. Take each day to enjoy those twinkling lights, time with family, special meals and gatherings.. The greatest gift you can give at Christmas is being present in those moments with the ones you love.

2. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

I recently read a book by Richard Carlson titled, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, and it’s All Small Stuff.” I love the title because it really helps to put things into perspective—it is all small stuff, we are the ones that make things a big deal! Didn’t find that perfect gift or party dress? Family coming in town and your house is not in perfect shape? Who cares?! Yes, I said it—it’s not going to matter a day from then anyway. Don’t waste your precious energy and sanity over trivial details.

3. Plan Ahead

The biggest stress-saver is actually the one thing we have control over—planning! As they say, failure to plan is planning to fail. Don’t wait until the week before to start Christmas-shopping– been there, done that! Don’t try to do everything at once and/or all by yourself. Make a To-Do list and stretch it out throughout the month. Delegate the easy tasks to your family and get them involved. It’s so much more relaxing to know things are taken care of and you are not scrambling at the last minute to figure things out.

4. Practice Patience

I don’t know if it’s just South Florida, but it feels like everyone (and their mother) is out during the month of December. Traffic is four times as bad, check-out lines are backed-up all the way out of the door, parking is impossible, the restaurants/malls are packed—the list is endless. What I’ve learned to do is to just expect things to be this way during this time of year. It’s no surprise that the streets are crowded—it happens every year during this season… Why not just be patient–especially at the time of year that we most preach peace, love and joy? A little patience will do you (and others) good!

5. Remember Why

The most important aspect of Christmas is the reason why we do all of the things we do around holiday time. Let’s not be so busy preparing for celebrations that we ourselves forget to celebrate. Focus on the reason for the things you are doing and it will add meaning to all the busyness. Make traditions special by incorporating the stories behind them all. Without the “why,” we are all just mindlessly stressing ourselves out.

Make this holiday season your best one yet! Let go of the stress and embrace the beauty of the season.

Merry Christmas to all!

Love,

Patricia

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