Stressed is NOT the way to spend the holidays. I cannot express this enough. If you’re running around rushing from activity to activity to the point of causing you stress and anxiety I want you to take a minute to slow down and think. I want you to contemplate the things you really want to do this holiday season. Are you stressed out by trying to keep up too many traditions? Are you bouncing around too many places? Have you bit off more than you can chew with decorations? Volunteer activities? Church? Hey, we’ve all been there, but I want to tell you how I stay stress free for the holidays.
Each year the holiday season rolls around and I see people marching like zombies due to lack of sleep and stress over trying to buy the perfect present. It makes me a little sad. It makes me sad, because I know that the holidays can be less stressful. I know that we can all take a moment to relax and enjoy ourselves. You just have to pick what is most important to you. Are their traditions you can let go of this year? I want you to think about whether or not you enjoy baking up sweet treats for the neighbors or if you really want to spend hours trying to find someone you dislike a gift. I want you to think about the things that really give you that added sense of joy this holiday season.
I enjoy reading books, baking cookies, wrapping presents, and the gathering of family. I’ve loved the holidays my entire life. I remember as a kid going out in the middle of the night to help mom finish up her shopping. We’d go to Wal-Mart at 2AM and end up purchasing about 10 of everything we bought, but it was a joyful time. It was a time of dancing down the aisles singing Christmas Carols and thinking of the nifty gifts people want but don’t buy themselves. It was mostly just about spending time talking to mom and not really having to do anything. It was definitely about staying up late. I mean we weren’t sleeping anyway so might as well go shop.
I remember having a big group of people over for a baking party once a year. As an adult, I’d partake in the box of wine and think of all kinds of crazy cookies I could make. I have to say that my favorite are Oatmeal Orange. We’d have the music playing loudly throughout the house and the cheer would spread eagerly from person to person. We’d have so many sweets ready for our Christmas feast that even your biggest sweet tooth could be tamed.
These are still the kinds of things I enjoy today. I can’t wait to sit beside my mom on Thanksgiving and shop from online retailers after lunch. We’ll be launching into Black Friday deal after Black Friday deal but only from the comfort of our home. It’s a lot less stressful this way I can promise you. I HATE the idea of shopping on Black Friday in a retail store, but if it makes you happy then I suggest you go right on and do it.
The holidays season for me is a time to spend with family. It’s a time to cherish moments you can only have once. There isn’t a person alive who will remember all the presents they got for years to come, but they’ll all remember the memories you make. So I suggest if you want to be less stressed you do less or at least do less of the things that make you wholly unhappy. Let’s enjoy the spirit of the season and spending time with family.
What traditions do you love the most? Which ones do you dislike? How are you combating stress this holidays season?