10 Ways to Avoid Stress at Christmas

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While Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year, it can be super stressful as well. I’m trying to prepare ahead this year so that I’m more organized and prepared. That will give me more time to spend with family and enjoy myself. As the kids get older, it’s more important now than ever for me to enjoy the time I have with them. This post has been sponsored, but the story is my own.

10 ways to avoid stress at Christmas

10 Ways to Avoid Stress at Christmas

Everyone worries and gets stressed out over different things at Christmas. I tend to worry about last minute things that still need to be done or things that I have forgotten to do. I make all of these lists and have great intentions, but there always seem to be things that I’ve forgotten to do. With Thanksgiving only a few weeks away, now is the time to start thinking about Christmas.

  1. Make a list and keep it with you. I make a lot of lists, but then I forget them at home. Make a list of important dates, baking to be done, gifts to buy, and projects to be finished. Update the lists regularly when things are completed or when you add new tasks. Refer to your list regularly.  I find it’s easiest to keep it stored on my cell phone. That way it’s always with me.
  2. Prepare a budget ahead of time and stick to it. Keep track of your expenses. Five dollars here and there really does add up.
  3. Don’t forget the little things. Every year, I forget stocking stuffers until a day or two before Christmas. This year, I’ll be stocking up on things like phone chargers, earphones, and USB cables for the kids.
  4. Be realistic. You are not superwoman. You have only so many hours in the day. Don’t expect everything to be perfect. Do your best and focus on enjoying the season.
  5. Don’t wait until the last minute. You’ll have much less stress (and more selection) if you start your shopping now. Don’t spend the last two days before Christmas driving from store to store looking for that one item that’s sold out.
  6. Take time to enjoy the moments. Enjoy the special moments with friends and family. Bake cookies. Go ice skating or sledding in the back yard. Build a snowman.
  7. Care for yourself. Take time to care for yourself. Get enough sleep and eat properly. De-stress at the end of the day with a cup of chamomile tea, your favorite music, and some lavender essential oils.
  8. Keep it simple. Keep Christmas dinner simple. Delegate when possible. Ask friends or family to bring a dish or two. If possible, have the meal catered. Have a buffet style dinner.
  9. Relaxation techniques. Remember to use your relaxation techniques regularly. Whether that includes deep breathing, yoga or meditation, when you find yourself getting stressed, take a moment to relax.
  10. Remember your reward points. If you’ve been earning reward points throughout the year, remember to use them now to save  money on your holiday shopping. You can shop at AT&T and earn awards points through Plenti – which you can use to save tons of money during the holiday season and beyond!

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Comments

  1. Oh, #5 is my problem.  Not just with Christmas, but all round, every day.  I always wait for the last minute, before I have to do something.  A very bad habit!   I'm pretty good with your other tips, especially #1, making a list and keeping it on me.  The trouble is, I wait until the last minute to look at the list.  Oh!
  2. Mama to 5 BLessings says
    Those are really great tips. I like to start shopping months before because it causes financial stress if I do not. 
  3. These are all great tips. I think the most important one for me is to keep it simple. That makes the difference from stressed to not stressed.
  4. What great tips. I keep reward points through the year to use at the holidays. It saves me some great $. I also try to get things done early. It is so helpful 
  5. Great list. I learned a few years ago to manage the holiday stresses.  These tips really work well.  The main thing is to be prepared and do what you can with what you've got.  Sure, we all love to spoil the kids but spoiling them with quality time together gives them so much more than presents could ever give. 
  6. You forgot the easiest - ignore the family! Schedule a vacation out of town so you don't have to deal with everyone!  ;)
  7. Preparing a budget ahead of time is the best tip for me because if I do not do this I tend to overspend and get to many items for one person. I make sure to stick to it because I am not going in debt again!
  8. Great list. I'm working very hard to keep from letting this holiday season become stressful!
  9. I definitely need my lists to keep track of who I need to buy presents for. I also needed the reminder that everything doesn't have to be perfect and I need to take the time to enjoy the moments. Our kids are growing up and they're only going to be at home for so long - I need to enjoy Christmas with them while I can. Thanks for your post.

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