5 Ways to Not Let Holiday Stress Win This Year

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I’m also all about helping reducing stress in general, so I’m sharing 5 ways to not let holiday stress win this year below!

5 Ways to Not Let Holiday Stress Win This Year

1. Remind Yourself What You’re Thankful for

Sometimes we can get caught up in thinking about what we don’t have during the holidays, and it can make us feel sad. Instead of focusing on those things, wake up every day and go to bed every night thinking about the small and big things you are thankful for. You might not have that perfect family dynamic or a bunch of money to get Christmas gifts, but all that matters is that God loves you. I always think about how grateful I am for my family, a roof over my head, food to eat, and so much more that I should never take for granted. Lots of people don’t have those things.

2. Ignore the Pressure to Impress Others

Do NOT go into debt during the holidays. Create a Christmas budget and try to stick to it as closely as you can. Get creative. If you have a small budget, find something small and cute that every woman in your family might like. Then do the same thing for the men. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make people happy. 🙂 You will just end up adding a ton more stress to your life if you build up debt simply to try and please other people. Also, you can find some pretty great stuff in the Target dollar spot. 😉

3. Learn to Say “No” When Needed

I have had to learn this more and more over the years. I’ve always been pretty good at setting boundaries and saying “No” when needed, but it’s a lot harder when it comes to family. I get really anxious about hurting other peoples’ feelings, but your mental health is more important. Don’t try to make a million stops everywhere around the holidays (unless you enjoy doing that). Set a limit to how many places you will go, and try to lower your amount of holiday stress.

Come up with a specific plan about what you are doing and stick to it. If a bunch more people ask you to come over, just let them know that you wish you could, but you already have other set plans. You don’t want to spread yourself and your family so thin that you don’t even enjoy the holidays. People who truly care about you and aren’t just thinking about themselves will understand.

4. Eliminate Any Unnecessary Stressors

This is a hard one. If there is something or someone that makes the holidays unbearable for you, you need to find a way to take care of the situation. You can always be kind AND also not be a doormat. We all have our own stressors in life, and we all have to find a way to take care of them in the best way possible. Do not let them linger on and constantly cause you anxiety. If I found out that I was causing someone anxiety, I would want to do whatever I could to fix the situation. People who truly care about you and your happiness will understand and try to work out whatever the issue may be.

5. Think About the True Meaning of Christmas

I wanted this to be last, because it really is the best reminder for you to get rid of that holiday stress. This time of year is not about the gifts, and it’s not about worrying which family member you are going to upset. We all know that Christmas is about the birth of Jesus. It is a time to be thankful. We all want to focus on being the best versions of ourselves that we can be during the holidays (and really every single day). Are you creating a happy atmosphere for you and your family (if you’re married and/or have children)? Are you being kind to others?

Also, you obviously want to make other people happy (after all, it is the season of giving), but there is a point where it can become an issue. If it comes to a point where you are only focused on and anxious about materialistic things or what someone else wants, then you are losing the true meaning of Christmas. Make a change. In short, focus on what is important and let everything else go. You and your family will thank you for it.

So don’t let holiday stress win this year! 🙂 I hope you have all been enjoying these kinds of posts, because I really enjoy sharing them!

I also hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving week coming up! Since Thanksgiving is on Thursday, I will probably only have a blog post on Tuesday next week. I will still have an Instagram post that day, though! I think we will all be too busy shopping at that point to read much of anything anyway! 😉

To read my previous post about “5 Little Ways to Be Cheerful During the Holidays”, just click here!

I will talk to you all soon!

-Hannah