“It’s the most wonderful time of the year! There’ll be much mistletoeing and hearts will be glowing when love ones are near” – It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year
Do you love the holiday season? Or do you find yourself stressed out with all the obligations and money spent? If you are someone who picked the latter, you are not alone!
While the holiday season is so magical, filled with love, joy and family, it can also be such a stressful time for so many people. There are presents to buy, cookies to bake and Santa’s lap to sit on. Even if you are someone like me who absolutely adores Christmas time, I find it very easy to get wrapped up in all the things that don’t REALLY matter this time of year.
It also seems like my daughter is completely off from Thanksgiving to January! I know it is the excitement of the season but it can be very trying and frustrating. One thing I have tried to do this year is really focus on what is important during the month of December. I don’t know how many more years Olivia will believe so I need to savor every second I have.
I want to share with you some of the things I have been working on this holiday season! I can honestly say that this year has been different for me and I feel like it is because of the mindfulness I have brought into the celebrations. I hope these ideas help you, if you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed. Print them out, tape them to your mirror and remind yourself to take some time this Christmas and just enjoy! XOXO
- Unplug: This is something I have really been implementing into my everyday life this holiday season, and something I intend to bring with me into the new year! Each night, once Olivia is asleep, I have been putting my phone down and either catching up on the DVR, reading a book or indulging in a Hallmark Christmas movie. I truly believe this has helped me feel way more relaxed!
- Remember the reason for the season: The holiday season isn’t about the presents, even though it feels that way! The joy that comes with Christmas is the look on your little one’s face when they see Santa. It is creating memories that will last a lifetime. It is taking the time out of your busy life to slow down and take it all in. Try and remind yourself that the most important thing is spending time together with your loved ones!
- Plan ahead: This is usually the part of December when I start panicking because I have nothing done or bought for all the people on my list! This year however, I am almost done yay! I started writing a list in early November and bought things little by little for Olivia, which took so much pressure off our budget. Planning ahead is one way to really eliminate a lot of the unnecessary stress you may feel!
- Say no: This is a big one! It is something I have been working on for a long time and am really embracing this holiday season. It is completely okay to say no. There are so many things to do, places to go and people to see all crammed into one month! Pick a few things you really want to do and say no to the others. You will feel so much less stressed if you aren’t running around the whole season!
- Blast Christmas tunes: Turn your TV to the Christmas music station and blast those tunes! While you’re cleaning, eating or cooking dinner, I promise hearing the beautiful sounds of the season will make you feel lighter!
- Stop comparing yourself to others: It is so easy to go on social media and compare your Christmas decor to someone else. Or maybe your siblings can buy expensive presents for everyone but you are on a budget and are making homemade gifts this year, that’s okay! Stop comparing yourself to others and just learn to appreciate what you have because what you have, is enough.
- Stay within your budget: A source of stress for us most years during the holidays is staying within the budget we have created for ourselves. We have a lot of people on our list to buy for but unfortunately, we just aren’t able to do it. That used to embarrass me and make me uncomfortable, but it honestly doesn’t anymore. We make DIY gifts, buy things on sale and focus on doing for Olivia instead of everyone else. We have also found free or inexpensive activities to do as a family or with friends. Just because you can’t do for everyone in your life, it’s okay, it’s more important to stay true to what you have decided for yourselves!
- Breathe: Last but certainly not least, just breathe. Try as hard as you can to not let stress ruin the season for you! Sit back, enjoy and take in everything that makes this season special!
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