5 Tips for a Stress-Free Christmas by Laura Roman
I am very excited to share with you my 5 Tips for a Stress-Free Christmas. But first, here’s why.
2016 has proven to be the year of the outlier.
Donald Trump was elected president when many thought that he didn’t have an ice cube’s chance in hell. He was victorious because he wasn’t like everybody else. You may agree or disagree with his politics, but you can’t deny – there’s something new in Washington DC and things will never be the same.
In the spirit of the 2016 election, I’ve decided to make this Christmas different. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve spoken to who consistently complain about how stressed they are throughout this season. You know, they’re all wrapped up (no pun intended) in all the traditions. The thing that they “MUST” do, or it just isn’t Christmas.
For many of us, we’re like addicts trying to capture our first high. We want to relive the Christmas’ of our past. When it really “felt” like Christmas. There was no stress, no pressure and certainly no anxiety about making it all perfect. We were simply in the moment and the wonder of the season was at our fingertips.
It’s impossible to recapture the wonder of the past and our children won’t be scarred for life. Folks want to remake the Christmas’ of their childhood for their own children. There is nothing wrong with that sentiment. IF you don’t need to kill yourself in the process. I propose starting new, easier traditions to replace the old. Enjoy more moments and have a more magical holiday season.
Here are 5 tips for a stress-free Christmas:
- Limit gift-giving
Buy three gifts and give the rest in gift cards. Takes the stress off of you and they can buy what they want.
- Don’t make, buy
Don’t spend hours baking and cooking. Decide what is affordable to buy and do it. Homemade is not best, if you have done nothing but stress about it.
- Time- Give yourself the gift of time.
Make time to spend with your loved ones. There’s no money involved and they will always have that memory. Build a fire, make hot chocolate and watch White Christmas. Just remember to create a memory with the ones you love.
Instead of sitting around the house and eating, make a tradition of walking. Walking is a time that you can spend with others and you have the added health benefit!
- Plan everything
Sit down on Sunday evenings before the holiday and plan out everything that you need to do and take 3 things off. That’s it, take it off the list and throw them away in the trash. The holidays are about less being more.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Wishing you all the best!
I am a psychotherapist and relationship coach. I work with individuals to make sense of the past and move toward a flourishing future. My couples work focuses on developing a solid connection between the partners in order to have a more loving, fulfilling relationship. My mantra is: Self-love always leads to happiness:)