Ah, the holidays. It can be a love/hate relationship. Some people are all about the planning, parties, the cookies and picking out gifts. Others are into creating the perfect holiday card or a beautifully set table.
And then there are those whose blood pressure rise with the thoughts of houseguests, decorating, shopping lists and figuring out how it’ll all get done during the frantic frenzy that December brings.
Either way, love or hate, we could all use some tips to stave off stress during this time of year. Here are some pointers to keep in mind when that sixth snowman cookie is calling to you.
- Don’t eat it all. All. Those. Goodies. The breakroom can be full of tasty snacks, neighbors are bringing over homemade treats, parties have decadent options. And that eggnog... it’s a food-lovers paradise. But do be careful. Too much indulging can make you feel sick, gain unwanted pounds and bring on the guilt. Have some, but don’t overdo.
- Don’t do it all. Really don’t care to see the Nutcracker with your friends? That’s okay! They’ll understand and you will save yourself some precious December time and money. Saying no to things we feel like we should do but have no interest in doing is a big stress-reducer (and it’s empowering too).
- Don’t shop ‘til you drop. Shopping online is awesome, there are no crowds, and you can bust it out at 11 p.m. in your jammies. If you are the kind that wants to go to the mall, consider going at an off time, say mid-week right when the stores open - it cuts way down on the shopping madness and is a perfect use for remaining PTO.
- Don’t lose perspective. If it all gets too much, take a step back and look around. Chances are you have a roof over your head, food in the fridge and clothes in your closet. While many of us want the holidays to be grand, it can sometimes be draining. Take in the good surrounding you and do the best you can. The rest will fall into place.