Tuesday, December 22, 2009
5 Tips for a Stress Free Christmas
from Emily Shupert
1. Simplify! You can do this by delegating, doing it yourself or simply deciding to let it go for this year. Eliminate the excess so that you can focus on your top priorities. Get your family involved in helping you to get things done and enjoy doing the tasks together. This will help you to have time together while also not feeling resentful because you had to do everything yourself.
2. Set aside time for yourself. There is so much to be done so it is easy to forget about taking care of you. Whether this is taking a long run to destress, taking a nap, or taking a deep breath, it is important for you to take a time out from the craziness of the holidays. Your family and friends will be able to pick up on your increased stress level which will result in a less enjoyable time together. Spend some time alone where you are able to take care of you so that your time together will be most enjoyable!
3. Set boundaries. Decide what you will and will not tolerate. Write it down before you enter into Christmas day. Is there someone who always asks you to do something you do not want to do? Is there someone who takes advantage of your time, energy, and relationships? The holiday season is a great time to set boundaries by teaching others on how you will and won't be treated. Let them know that "no" means "no"....every time.
4. Don't be a perfectionist. It is ok to not do things perfectly by yourself. Even Martha Stewart has a staff of assistants helping her make her decorating, baking and wrapping look perfect. It's ok to not do things perfectly. Never mind the Jones'.....Christmas is all about joy and happiness. It is not about who has the best house lights, decorated tree, or dinner.
5. Stay focused on the true meaning of Christmas. The shopping, hectic schedules, and family in town can make it easy to feel overwhelmed during his season. This is why it is so important to stay focused on what we are really celebrating. Enjoy your time with family, friends, and remember to thank God that you have these people to spend the day with. Ultimately, it is not about us but it is about celebrating Jesus' birthday!