How to De-Stress the Holidays

Hey everyone and welcome back to my blog! Today’s post is going to be about making the Holiday season as least-stressful as possible! Check out my Holiday tips under the cut!

1. Plan Ahead!

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The best tip I can stress about the holiday season is to not leave everything until the last minute! Trust me, I’ve done the “shopping for presents two days before Christmas” and it’s never a fun or stress-free experience. Stores are crowded and loosing stock, everything is incredibly expensive, and the whole experience turns into a nightmare. Don’t just plan presents and gift giving ahead, but think about what days you’ll need off from work or school, as well as travel plans and arraignments. For me, my job is open 365 days a year, so I’ve had to prepare months in advance in order to get days off around Christmas for all my traveling plans. I’ve been using a combination of my monthly planner calendar and post-it notes to keep track of all my Holiday arraignments.

2. Write Everything Out!

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I’ve found that the best way to stay organized through the holiday season is to make lists. For as long as I can remember I’ve been making lists of gifts I’m giving to people and tracking when the gift has arrived/been bought, as well as if it’s been wrapped. But you don’t have to stop at present tracking; lists can be helpful with desserts and treats you plan on making, decor that needs to be put up, and meal planning for parties and Christmas dinner.

3. Make a Budget and Stick to it!

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One big problem that both students and post-graduates have alike is a lack of spending money. Before you even consider buying presents and gifts, think about what extra money you have to spend and make a budget. Don’t forget to stick to it, otherwise the holidays will suck you (and your money) in!

4. Ask and Accept Help!

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The holiday season can get stressful no matter how hard you plan ahead, so make sure to ask for and accept help from people. This year, my boyfriend and I are working together on brainstorming presents, putting up decorations, and figuring out travel plans. Wether the help is coming from a significant other, family, or friends, take any help you can get when you start to feel overwhelmed!

5. Remember the True Spirit of the Holidays

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During the Holiday season there can be this overwhelming pressure to make sure everything is perfect. Try to keep in mind that not everything will turn out the way you want it to, and that no one will judge you either way. Christmas isn’t about the presents or having the most amazingly decorated house, it’s about spending time with your family and friends! As long as you keep in mind the true message this season has, you shouldn’t worry about all the little things.

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And with that (somewhat cheesy) final tip, that’s the end of the post. Let me know in the comments below what your tips are for a stress-free Holiday season, and I’ll see you next time!

-xoxo Jen P.

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