Last week, I wrote about my goal of not rushing, and how it’s helpful during the holidays. With the holiday season in full swing, here are three more ways to have a less stressful, more joyful holiday!
Focus on what you love
It’s easy to get caught up in the holidays- there are so many holiday traditions to try! Baking and decorating cookies, watching holiday movies, decorating a Christmas tree, shopping and wrapping gifts, holiday parties…there is simply not enough time to do it all. Trying to do everything is always a surefire way to ensure that you won’t enjoy anything. Choose what is really important to you, make a bucket list, and save the rest for next year.
Once you’ve settled on what you want to do, it’s important to figure out how you’ll fit it in. It might sound counterintuitive to schedule something fun, and it might feel restrictive. However, if I don’t make at least a rough plan of what I will do, I can get easily overwhelmed. Saying that I want to go Christmas shopping and wrap presents and decorate a tree and watch a holiday movie all in one weekend stresses me out, whereas saying that Saturday I will shop and watch a movie, and Sunday I will wrap and decorate makes it feel much more manageable.
Cut yourself some slack
The pressure to be perfect can feel even more intense during the holidays. It’s a season that is particularly vulnerable to the cruel trick of building something up in our heads that is impossible in reality. Think about it- the idea of a white Christmas, with a happy, loving family sipping hot cocoa in matching pajamas beneath a perfectly decorate tree, is in almost every commercial in some way. Companies are selling perfection as the ideal holiday, when what truly matters and makes a great holiday is the fun we have with our loved ones. Instead of building up events and feeling let down, focus on realistic goals- and most of all, on enjoying the moment! Your sugar cookies might not look professional, but you can still have a great time baking and decorating with family and friends.
What tips do you have for a joyful holiday season?