Ideas for a less stressful holiday season

thinkoutsidetheboxLaptop or paper and pen, coffee (or something stronger) and time.  Okay, I’m thinking the time one might be hard to achieve with the busiest time of year soon upon us.  So I think we should strategy how to make this easier.

♥    Take your laptop and/or paper and pen and leave now or soon and head to a coffee shop alone. Treat yourself and just sit and take a few deep breaths.  Okay paper & pen out.  Start making your lists of people to buy for, groceries, events to attend or host.  Remember NOT to let your coffee get cold.  Sip, breath you are doing fine.

♥   If you work full or part-time outside the house start taking advantage of lunch hours.  You can do a duck in and grab, even if only for one item it is one less you have to worry about.  Or lock yourself in your office and do your online shopping – remember it your lunch break.

♥   Can you delegate?  Or share?  Do you have a friend who is heading in one direction and you in another?  Are there easy items you could pick up for each other? Say wine? Stocking stuffers? Chocolate?

♥   What about baking – yes baking.  It is not for everyone but if you hate it how about having a friend do some baking for you and you do some wrapping for her?

♥   A few years ago I decided to give my nieces and nephews pewter Christmas ornaments.  Is there a gift you could give yearly? Maybe a magazine subscription, ornaments, flowers, baked goods or good coffee?

♥   If you send cards put them on the coffee table and write out addresses while watching television.

♥   Maybe this is the year you decided to do a family gift exchange instead of individual gifts.

♥   Purchase pretty napkins and have on hand for quick and easy hostess gifts.

♥   Consider gift cards – now those you can pick up on your lunch time.

♥   If you have a Farmer’s Market or Craft Market grab a coffee to go and head there.  Buy local it is a win/win for you and your community.

♥   Breathe and realize people remember experiences and how you made them feel more than anything material you give them.

Happy Holidays

You can always start now ! 

18 Comments

    1. It is can a wonderful time of year but also hard. Was hoping people would get something out of it. Thanks for stopping by and you have a wonderful holiday season.

        1. Letting go of perfection is hard and sometimes just starting harder. Having first cup of coffee. Had a great time at the blog party meeting and sharing with everyone. I find blogging is such a supportive community. Was happy to party with you!!

          1. I tell myself that, at the end of the day, Christmas is better with the imperfections, as long as you are spending it with the ones you love <3 Blogging has always been such a positive, comforting place to me! I was so happy to party with you too 😀

    1. I agree. Just on phone with a friend and we were saying can’t believe we are into double digits in December! Take time to breath and remember it is also about you (not just everyone else).

  1. Great tips! The holidays are such a busy time for everyone it is sad to think of people being stressed and not having time to do things that they live like wrap presents or bake. It is supposed to be fun after all. But these tips are a great way to keep the stress levels down for sure. I like the idea of writing christmas cards while watching tv, multitasking all the way!

    1. Thank you. Yes, it is about checking ourselves at the door sometimes and realizing what is important here. Not just during the holiday season but all year. Take care. Have tree up but not decorated!

    1. Your welcome. Delegating is hard at any time of year, but I think people want to help. Sometimes they just need the nudge! Happy Holidays and remember take time for you and breathe

  2. Amelia,
    This was an excellent post! It is so unfortunate that the time of year that is supposed to be one of the happiest can often end up being the most stressful. Thank you for sharing these great tips with us!

    Mahalo,
    Rose

    1. Your welcome. I think we often create unrealistic expectations for ourselves so stepping back could be the place to start. Happy Holidays and take time for you.

  3. This is my third year of not doing any Christmas shopping (or Christmas activities). Most of it is for budget reasons (I’m broooooke), but part of it is also just being… done. I used to take the holidays incredibly seriously. Everybody needed the perfect present, perfectly wrapped, delivered to wherever they would be on Christmas day (in advance) so they could open it on Christmas morning. Dinners planned, advent calendars set… nope. I’m done. I give up. I surrender. Now I save myself the stress of the holidays by limiting myself to buying Andes mints and sugar cookies and watching one or two holiday movies. That’s it.

    1. I think we put too much pressure on ourselves and have too high expectations. Recently read a book (Gratitude Diaries) and it said we gain more happiness and gratitude from experiences not from material objects (which often we forget or want something different as soon as we have it!). Go and create the Christmas you want if you are happy the people around you should be happy!

Would love to hear your ideas and thoughts!

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