It seems that earlier and earlier every year we are being inundated with the holiday season so that by the time December rolls around, many of us are sick and tired of it before the season has even begun. I don’t know why it’s happening earlier every year but I do know I am excited to simplify and take back my holiday season this year. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or the Festivus for the Rest of Us, this holiday survival guide is for you!
Kick overwhelm and anxiety to the curb this holiday season!
Many people find the holidays overwhelming between busy shopping malls, school concerts and family gatherings where we are surrounded by a lot of people and a lot of noise; while some of it is welcome, we all know too much of anything isn’t great so let’s discuss some things we can add to our holiday tool belt to make sure we aren’t too overwhelmed by the busy season.
Don’t overschedule yourself – I know this one can be hard because we don’t like to disappoint anyone or miss out on activities but it really is okay to say no! You don’t have to attend every single engagement you’re invited to and by choosing to say yes to only the activities you truly want to attend, you will appreciate them even more when you’re not overwhelmed by your schedule.
It’s also important to pencil in some down time before the invitations and obligations start rolling in, so open up your calendar and block out some chunks of time that are just for you and your most important people! Doesn’t a calendar with activities like gingerbread house making, puzzles by the fire and cookie decorating sound a lot nicer than non-stop out of the house busy-ness?