The holiday season has begun and with it comes a whole collection of fun and exciting events. Unfortunately, many of those events require us to put in a good amount of effort, often causing us to become stressed and overworked, a terrible thing to have happen during the most wonderful time of me of the year.

If you are like so many others and find yourself wrapped in a mile long to-do list during the winter holidays, it might be time to rethink your holiday strategy. After all, you deserve to have fun just as much as the rest of your family, and who can have a good time when they are busy thinking about all they have to do the next day to get ready for the next event?

Because we believe everyone deserves to have a relaxing and stress free holiday, we have taken the time to put together a list of ways to enjoy the holidays without the stress. We hope you will put these tips into practice and have the best holiday season of your life this year.

Create a Plan – While it might seem silly to create a plan for having fun, it is sometimes what is necessary to ensure everyone gets through the holidays free of stress. In order to create an effective plan, consider everything that must be done during the season and break the tasks up into weekly to-do lists. In doing this, you ensure that some task get done early in the season and you aren’t left scrambling to get everything finished the week before Christmas.

Wrap as You Go – Sure, settling in with your favorite Christmas tunes and a mug of cocoa to wrap gifts is fun, but after ten or twelve presents have been wrapped, most people are ready to call it quits. To keep the fun in wrapping gifts and remove the stress involved, try to set aside a bit of time each day to wrap a gift or two. This is much easier than sitting down to wrap 40 or 50 gifts in one go, and gives you time to add little special touches such as a handmade bow, a small gift on top of the gift, or a handwritten note.

Buy vs Cook – If you have ever been in charge of serving up a holiday dinner, you know how much work it is to cook everything from scratch, not to mention the insane amount of clean up involved. This year, give yourself the gift of enjoying your holiday meal with friends without slaving away in the kitchen. Many local supermarkets and restaurants will have pre-made meals. All you have to do it pop everything in the oven and enjoy the day. Your guests won’t mind, and you’ll have a lot more fun.

Know When to Say No – During the holiday season everyone is throwing parties and putting on fancy events. While it can be tempting to attend every event you are invited to, it is important to know when to decline invitations. There is such thing a too much fun, and when holiday festivities are preventing you from spending time with your immediate family, getting household chores done, or taking time out of your day for self-care, you are doing too much. If you feel like the invitations are getting to be too many, don’t be afraid to politely decline. After all, the health of you and your family should always come before a celebration of any kind.

These are just a few of the many ways to take the stress out of the holidays. If you start to feel overwhelmed this holiday season, be sure to take a step back and look at how you can cut back on your to-do list. That might mean using pre-made cookie dough to make cookies for Santa or it could mean your kid takes store-bought treats to the class party. Whatever it is you have to do, do it, and don’t feel guilty because you are enough.

Are you interested in learning more about removing the stress from your life and maintaining a healthy life balance? Join my 6 Week Healthy Through The Holidays Program. You will receive 6 weeks of private coaching for $300. 

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