Five Tips to Stress Less This Holiday Season

With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, the holiday train is roaring ahead at full speed. The most joyous time of year can also be one of the most stressful times of the year. Schedules are packed from Thanksgiving to New Year. There are parties, family visits, shopping, time with your kids, and their parties. Oh, yeah, not to mention your job. I found a few tips that might help us all get through the season with less stress.

Plan Ahead

Planning is critical to having less stress during the holiday season. With so many events happening in a few short weeks, you should map out your season to know which events you can attend and which you can’t. Planning will help you avoid awkward double bookings. If you’re hosting a party, plan out your meal ahead of time to avoid rushing around.Holiday Time

It’s Okay to Say “NO”

Sometimes, too much is too much. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, understand it’s okay to say no to a few events. The less stressed you are, the happier you will be during this joyous time. A break is okay.

Create a Budget

One of the most stressful parts of the holiday season revolves around money. Finding the perfect gifts for loved ones is great, especially for the little ones. But many times, we get caught up in the overspending trap. Set a holiday budget and stick to it. You’ll be thankful later when your bills come.

Don’t Try to Be Perfect

Every year, it’s the dream to have the perfect holiday season. We have to face it: we’re not a Hallmark movie. You must be realistic about what you can take on and achieve this holiday season. You’ll enjoy your the holidays if you’re not striving for perfection and are relaxed and having fun.

Find Time to Rest

In a season when taking care of everyone else tops your list, you can’t forget about yourself. Take time to rest and relax with a movie or book. Take a walk or even a nap if it helps you relax and recharge.

Many events in Castle Rock and The Meadows will bring you cheer this season if you’re not too stressed. Don’t take it from me, learn more about these tips and others here. Have a great holiday season.

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