There is about 20 days until Thanksgiving, 51 days until Christmas, and 57 days until New Year’s Eve! The holidays are rapidly approaching and with it can come stress. But I am here to tell you: Don’t stress the holidays! Yes I know that’s easier said than done, but I have some suggestions to help reduce if not do away with holiday stress altogether.
Don’t Stress The Holidays
- Do what your budget can afford: Overspending, overworking in order to overspend, or just going broke is not fun at any time is not only stressful but unnecessary. There’s no point in stressing out about what you don’t have when you can make the most of what you do have.
- Rethink your gifting strategy: I said this last year and I will say it again: babies don’t need Christmas gifts. If you want to go even further, no one actually needs gifts. Even though then holidays are the biggest time to shop, it doesn’t mean you have to do the shopping. Maybe you forgo gifts for a budgeted family vacation. Or you host a holiday party/dinner. Perhaps everyone gets gift cards. There’s always the option of no gift but a sentimental holiday photo card. Gifts don’t have to be the go-to.
- Don’t cook/host/plan if you don’t want to: I did not cook Thanksgiving last year. I am not cooking again this year. If you don’t want to cook anything this holiday season, don’t! If you’re not trying to host anything say so. Planning isn’t for you this year, skip it. Trust me, people will still eat.
- Remember what the holidays should be about: It may sound corny but remember the holidays are not about the food, gifts, or trips! Yes all those things makes the holidays lots of fun but the holidays should be about the time you spend with those you love even if i’s just you. So if you feel yourself becoming stress, remember what the core of the holidays should be.