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Do you have trouble keeping up with the demands of the holidays? Learn how to keep yourself sane with my 10 Tips-How to Survive the Holidays.
It’s important not to let overwhelm seep in and keep you from enjoying the many gifts and blessings we receive during this time of year.
I love this time of the year even though it can get Harry Caray, so grab a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage and let me help you ease through the holidays with my 10 Tips-How to Survive the Holidays.
10 Tips-How to Survive the Holidays
1. Make a List and Check it Twice
If you do not have a list already made up, it is time to get started! This is crucial during the holidays. The last thing you need to be thinking about is if you have everything you need for your big night.
2. Prioritize with my 10 Tips-How to Survive the Holidays
Spend time with those who matter most to you. Family and friends. Make sure you do not overwhelm yourself trying to fulfil everyone else’s expectations of you.
3. Simplify with my 10 Tips-How to Survive the Holidays
There is no need to arrive at every party or gathering with a plate of cookies to eat, or a dish to pass around. Arrive with a smile and be present with those who cross your path. If you don’t like to cook, go with a store-bought dish instead of making something from scratch.
4. Plan Your Menu with my 10 Tips-How to Survive the Holidays
Planning your menu ahead of time can save you a lot of time and heartache. Don’t wait until the day before or the day of to try and figure out what you want to cook and serve. Do this at least a week in advance, I promise you will be glad that you did! A big-time saver!
5. Preparing Ahead of Time
If you are like me and love to bake from scratch, make food ahead of time that you can freeze or just pop in the oven the next day. Doing simple things like chopping vegetables up, chopping up nuts, etc. the day before will save you valuable time.
6. Ask for Help
This is one of the hardest things for me to do! I know, right? There is no shame in asking for help! I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, so I can’t do the things I used to do and that has been hard for me. Thankfully, my youngest daughter has taken over a lot of the cooking I use to do for the holidays. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still bake my cakes and cookies, because I am not willing to give that up yet! Lol! Oh, and my hubby cleans up my messes. Bless his heart!
7. Just Breathe
Yes, breathe and try to get in a little exercise. I know, I know. Who has the time? You are saying to me as you are reading this. It doesn’t have to be a lengthy process, just do some stretching, breathing exercises, etc. The reason for this is when we get stressed out or anxious, we tend to hold our breath or breathe very shallowly.
8. Laughing is the Best Medicine
Yep, you read this one right. Laughing reduces your stress levels, soothes tension, helps you breathe deeper, improves your immune system, improves your mood, relieves pain, plus more! Who would ever think laughing could do so much good? 🤔
9. Be Grateful
Stop and think about all the things you should be grateful for. Be thankful to God for your good health, your family, and your friends. Not to mention all the things that you should be grateful for throughout the year. Try writing down 6-8 things you are grateful for in your life. Try it, you will be surprised how much better you will feel.
10. Spend Some Time Relaxing
Yessss, honey, be good to yourself. All the cooking and cleaning, hosting, etc. It’s time to do something good and kind just for YOU! Put it on your list to get a gift card for a massage if someone asked what you would like for Christmas. You can always put that little bug in your hubby’s ear. 😉
Conclusion to 10 Tips-How to Survive the Holidays
We all know it! Christmas time is a stressful time for a lot of us. It’s a time of the year that drains us of our energy and motivation. It’s a time when we feel the need to prove ourselves as great wives, moms, daughters, or whatnot.
So, it is especially important that you be good to yourself and others during this time of stress. Make sure to take time for yourself to decompress to keep from getting too stressed out.
Please don’t be afraid or ashamed to ask for help if things are getting to be too much for you. It’s ok to ask for help and your family will be glad to pitch in, I promise!
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