Is there anything simple about the holidays? For most of us, the holidays provide us with some of our most precious memories but along with that also some very stressful moments. With that being said, I wanted to talk about stress, shortcuts and finally relief so that you can do exactly what you want this season and that is make those memories and simplify, simplify, simplify!
Let’s talk about some shortcuts that will lead us to that ever important relief. One thing that really begins my stress is right after Thanksgiving, I am thinking about my Christmas card list.
Shortcut: E-Cards. Sending e-cards is an easy alternative to the stress of getting a holiday picture, writing out cards and not to mention the expense of mailing same. Sending e-cards may not be as personal as some may like, but it is definitely less stressful and, in my opinion, that is reason enough to use this shortcut. In fact, during this economic downturn, I am noticing more and more folks are using e-cards, including many businesses.
Another thing to take into consideration during the holidays is remembering not to do too much. Moderation is the key word. Try not to overdo your schedule. Don’t pack too much into your day.
Shortcut: To Do List. Too much of a good thing, whether it be the holidays or not, is not too good for you. Drafting a “to-do list” and sticking to it will help you navigate your priorities during the season. Incorporating the “to-do” list will relieve you from the feeling stressed and instead leave you feeling like you accomplished exactly what you set out to do.
As we all know, the holidays can become very commercialized. The holiday season is meant to bring togetherness and love and sometimes we tend to forget how important it is not to focus on just what we “receive or give” but to remember why we are really celebrating. Don’t overspend. The price tag isn’t important. What is important is how we create our memories.
Shortcut: Set a Spending Limit. This year, we decided to set and stick to a spending limit. Obviously, your limit is entirely up to your individual financial situation. Another great shortcut in this area is to give out homemade gifts. I, myself, do this every year. I change the recipients each year but for me, it feels extra-special to do something personal for someone.
Believe it or not, due to incorporating these shortcuts, I am pretty much done with all of my Christmas shopping and it’s not even Thanksgiving. Granted, this took a lot of organization on my part this year, but instead of stressing all the way into the month of December, I wanted to make sure I was ahead of the game so that I could enjoy a stress-free season.
I hope that all of you will incorporate these stress relievers so that you can get outside, enjoy the season and all that it includes. Get to the real fun and that is making memories with your children, decorating, baking and loving the holidays!
Peace & Blessings,