How to Make Your Holidays a Bit More Merry This Year

As fall is in the air here in Michigan, I can’t help but realize how close we really are to turning the corner in the holiday season. If your life is anything like mine there are extra demands placed on your time, placed on your budget, and placed on your patience. For this reason, now is an excellent time to focus on minimizing the holiday stress you will feel this year.

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It may feel like you have little to no control of those crazy busy holiday months, but there really are several things you can do. And, most of these are nothing more than a simple mind shift.

How easy is that?

With that, here’s what you need to know to make your holidays just a little more merry this year.

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Find your stressors

What is it that is stressing you most right now. Is it all the places you have to go? Maybe it’s the gifts you have to buy? Is it the meals you have to make? Maybe, it’s even the fact that you have to feed your family any kind of meal while you’re having to juggle all these extra things.

In this step, identify your top three stressors so you can move on with addressing them.

Debunk holiday to-do’s

You know, all those things that you think you have to do and all the things that you think you need to do because someone else is doing them…it’s time to debunk some of them.

All the teacher gifts, all the holiday ornament gift exchanges, making Christmas cookies for all the neighbors, the Christmas pictures of the family in their coordinating outfits, and the list only goes on.

It’s time to take some of those to-do’s and make them to-don’ts!

Say yes to less

You heard it here. You can’t be all and do all the time. Therefore, do your best to say yes to less this season.

Say no with less

When you are saying yes to less, give a short, simple, and gracious no. Avoid feeling like you need to give a longwinded explanation as to why you are saying no. Most likely, that person doesn’t want to hear your longwinded “no” any more than you want to stress about coming up with it.

Just a short and sweet, “I’m sorry, I just don’t have any way to make that work right now,” will do.

Take some shortcuts when needed

This past year I made the leap and bought an Instant Pot. You can read about it HERE. This is the Instant Pot I have right HERE.

And I love it.

We have eaten at least three meals a week from our Instant Pot since I got it because it does such an awesome job of getting things ready in a flash.

I am using my Instant Pot in conjunction with MyFreezEasy, and dinners have been a breeze. It was a bit of an investment, but it was an investment in my sanity right now, which is very important!

Get enough rest

This is where I have been focusing this week because I have been doing a really poor job with it, quite frankly.

I have been burning the candle at both ends for about the last month, largely because I had my trip to take. The results haven’t been pretty. I have been irritable, and I am convinced that my lack of sleep was the culprit for me being sick for five weeks straight.

I have been doing an awesome job at getting enough rest this week, and it has made a huge difference.

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Reexamine traditions

So often we keep holiday traditions and we go along with traditions just because “it’s just what we do” even when they prove to be a gigantic pain in our lives.

For the sake of your own sanity, examine your holiday traditions and do away with ones that just don’t fit anymore.

I did this with Christmas cards a couple of years ago and I have never looked back. It is one thing that was no longer working for me and added to my stress level. So, out the window it went!

Don’t be afraid to find these things in your holiday schedule and kick them to the curb!

Plan for “me” time

Similar to getting enough rest is keeping your “me” time in place during this time. It can be tempting to give it up to get just one more holiday related things done, but just don’t.

If the holidays find you looking and feeling like a hot mess every year, now is the perfect time to do a few simple things so you can actually sit back and enjoy the holidays this year.

You will be so thankful you did.

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