Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s holiday celebrations don’t need to be stressful. Here are some simple tips for remaining calm, cool, and collected during the Holiday Season. It’s almost here!
1-Plan Each Holiday by Setting Goals and Allowing Enough Time
It’s easy to let things sneak up on you when you’re hosting an event with family or friends. Remember that each holiday, especially Christmas, takes time.
- Break the goal of a fun and rewarding day with family down into bite-sized pieces.
- Take a day to plan it. It doesn’t need to take all day, just put it on your schedule. You may easily get it done in an hour or two once you’ve made a commitment in writing to focus on this task.
We all have our blind spots. When everyone is busy, it is easy to ignore the things that bug us–choosing to tolerate them instead. We sometimes protect ourselves by developing unconscious habits that help us justify or even avoid dealing with stuff that needs to be done. If you’ve already been avoiding having company over because the oven hasn’t been cleaned and you’re embarrassed to open it up in front of anyone except immediate family, it needs to get done. Also, if you’ve moved furniture, flipped over cushions, or started using sprays or candles to hide or mask various odors, it’s time to address those.
Remember the saying, “Team work makes the dream work.” There are things we all need to do that we don’t want to. Rather than fall victim to procrastination, figure out how to divvy up these tasks or outsource responsibilities. If you can’t stand shopping or food preparation activities, who do you know that you can barter with or team up with to lighten the load? Planning this ahead in this way allows everyone to develop and keep a positive mindset.
4-Allow Plenty of Time to Get It All Done
Nothing ruins holiday fun faster than running around like mad to get things done at the last minute. Not everyone is a calendar person, but even a simple checklist made well in advance can make life so much easier. Here’s a terrific Thanksgiving Countdown Planner.
5-Reward Yourself After the Fact
When you’ve done a great job executing a well-laid plan, you deserve a reward. What can you plan as a family, or what you each do on your own that will make you feel good about your accomplishment? It doesn’t have to cost money. Things as simple as taking a bubble bath, watching a big game uninterrupted, reading a book you’ve been meaning to, or going on a long walk with a friend or loved one are all wonderful ways to remind yourself that life is not all hard work and taking time for fun and relaxation is important.