7 Tips for Thriving this Holiday SeasonThe holidays are stressful. Fun, exciting, a whole mood—yes. But also, stressful. Here are seven tips to help you not just survive but thrive this holiday season.
The holidays are stressful. Fun, exciting, a whole mood—yes. But also, stressful. Here are seven tips to help you not just survive but thrive this holiday season.
1. Know What Is Important To You.
Do you have must-do traditions? Community events, can’t-miss Christmas movies? Sort out your priorities and, on the flip side, what you’re OK with letting go. It’s OK to say no to things that don’t help you thrive.
Put non-negotiable dates in the calendar, then pencil in a plan for the things you want to do but don’t have a concrete date.
3. Manage Your Expectations.
Unrealistic expectations can lead to disappointment. You only have so much time, money and mental load available. Be reasonable with your expectations of yourself, your family and your holidays.
4. Make A List For Everything.
Include gifts you plan to give, gifts you’d like to receive, ingredients for that dish you’re taking to the class/work party, etc. If you don’t write it down, you’ll forget.
5. Don’t Overspend.
You may want to buy meaningful gifts, but spending money you don’t have can bring unneeded stress into your life. Be creative! Something from your heart can be just as meaningful.
6. Leave Time To Relax.
Schedule time to enjoy a quiet night in. Make a cup of hot chocolate and settle under a warm blanket. Exhausting yourself is the opposite of thriving, so make time for rest.
7. Connect With Those You Love.
Go shopping with your bestie. Grab your favorite coffee and drive around to see Christmas lights with your family. But also, connect with God. In this busyness, it’s so easy to miss out on that time with Him.