During the holiday season, there’s a lot going on and our to-do lists almost seem never-ending. There’s meal planning and preparations, organizing and cleaning the house for guests, holiday parties to attend, gifts to shop for, and life to live while completing all of these tasks. The kids still have to be taken care of in between all of the holiday madness and there’s little time left to focus on ourselves as moms. This season, take a deep breath and follow these tips below to stress less this holiday season.
5 Ways to Stress Less this Holiday Season
1. Schedule a massage.
Dealing with aches, pain, and stress? Schedule a massage. Don’t keep putting this off. You deserve to unwind and refresh this holiday season. There’s so much pressure on moms to get it all done and still feel good at the end of the day. The truth is, we don’t always look or feel our best when we are left feeling frazzled and over-committed during the holiday season.
2. Shop early.
Time is flying by this month and Christmas will be here before we know it. If you haven’t started your holiday shopping, start now! Create your list of people to buy for and start shopping at your local retail stores or online in the comfort of your own home. Try not to wait until the last minute to shop for your loved ones. Plan now and make it a goal to get it done soon.
3. Ask for help.
You can’t do it all. As much as we like to think we are all “Super Moms,” the truth is, we are all human and can only do so much. Eventually, all of the added pressure to do it all can be dangerous to our health. Have the family pitch in to help during the holidays. Kids can help with chores. Don’t be afraid to ask your husband to help lend a hand during this busy time of year.
Our busy schedules often leave little time to find time to exercise. Exercise can make a big difference during the holidays. Go out for a walk on a pretty day. If it’s cold out, walk the mall. No need to pay a lot for a gym membership! Exercising may help some of the stress melt away.
5. Learn to say no.
With an already very demanding holiday schedule, people may often ask you to do things that you simply won’t be able to do because you are already committed to various other tasks. Learn to say no. While this is easier said than done, your time and your health is valuable. Leave some time in your schedule for your family and for yourself.
The holiday season doesn’t have to be stressful. Following the tips above may help you feel less frazzled and can help you enjoy the holiday season more.
What tips do you have for a less stressful holiday season?