There’s no doubt that the Christmas season is the most wonderful time of the year.
Unfortunately, the high expectations that come along with the holidays can lead to stress, depression, and disappointment.
With the seemingly endless laundry list of things that we need to get done in order to spread holiday cheer, it can be pretty easy to get overwhelmed.
Planning and preparation are the keys to reducing the stress you normally feel during the months and weeks leading up to Christmas.
Stressing during the holidays when you should be looking forward to spending time with your loved ones totally defeats the purpose.
Today, I’m going to share five ways to help you reduce Christmas stress and keep you feeling merry.
Let’s jump in…
1)) Get Started Early
It’s never too early to start getting ready for next Christmas. Always keep an eye out for festive decorations or the perfect Christmas card while you’re out shopping.
Not only will this give you less to worry about when Christmas is just around the corner, but buying holiday supplies off-season can also save you money.
If the family Christmas festivities are going to be held at your house this year, start preparing weeks or even months ahead.
Remember what I said about planning and preparation?
It’s worth repeating again, because if you fail to plan, then plan to fail.
Buying items here and there while you’re out shopping anyway, makes the whole process of preparing for Christmas that much easier and almost seamless, without making special trips.
We call this “Compressing Time-frames.”
2)) Connect with Family
The stress of the holidays is much easier to manage when you’re able to use the time to reconnect with family.
Find new, fun ways to get into the holiday spirit together. You might try decorating Christmas stockings together as a family or singing carols around your community.
You could even volunteer together at a local food bank or toy drive and help to spread some Christmas cheer.
Why not take advantage of all this technology by using video conferencing features to add a more personal touch while communicating, especially with loved ones who live far away?
3)) Bring Down Expectations
Over-hype and high expectations make preparing for Christmas festivities much more stressful.
If you worry about having the best decorations, the most presents, or the most memorable dinner party, you could end up trying too hard (and going a little crazy).
The holiday season is not a competition, and trying to outdo others is a complete waste of your time.
Try to keep your family more focused on enjoying each other’s company and less energy on decorations or presents.
4)) Cut Down on Spending
Financial issues are one of the leading causes of stress, and the Christmas season tends to be a very costly time of the year.
Try to save money where you can so that you have one less thing to worry about.
Think of inexpensive or sentimental gifts that you can give, rather than something costly from the store.
The same goes for decorating. Homemade decorations for the house or tree save money, as well as provide an activity the whole family can enjoy.
5)) Ask for Help
It’s very difficult to get everything done on your own during the Christmas season.
The good news is you don’t have to do it all by yourself.
Because you have a team, which happens to be your family members.
You can easily enlist the help of your loved ones.
All of the stress-inducing chores that you need to take care of can become fun family activities.
Not only will this make things much easier, but your family is sure to cherish Christmas all the more if everyone helped make it happen together.
Be certain to make the family collaborations memorable and exciting, which can build stronger bonds that will last for a lifetime.
In fact, make teamwork so fun that the family will look forward to helping you every year.
If you feel anxious when Christmas is a few weeks or even months away, you’re not alone.
Many people consider the Christmas holidays to be the most stressful time of the year.
You can reduce your stress levels drastically by applying the 5 Ways To Reduce Christmas Stress.
If you want this Christmas season to be the most wonderful time of the year, then be proactive by taking control through the process of planning and preparation.
Do that and everybody in your family should have a peaceful and merry Christmas.