I love Christmas but I hate that it becomes so stressful. We put so much emphasis on having it a certain way that often if that doesn’t happen in the right way it can become a bit of a headache. That’s part of the reason the husband and I are spending the day just the two of us – possibly with friends – but we’re just not making such a big deal about it.
Here are some other things I’m going to try and do to make it feel more chilled.
Start Writing Christmas Cards Now
Take it slow by buying blank Christmas cards and start filling them out now. Work on them for a weekend. Try to think about good three good things or three good experiences you’ve had with the person and write them down. Tell the person how much you care about them and that you hope they have a wonderful holiday season.
This activity will be part soul-searching, part relaxation technique. The idea is to calm your mind and forget about the hustle and bustle of the holiday. Focus on the people you love and care about and why.
You could recruit your children or significant other to help you and make it a family event. Or, keep it solo so you can enjoy some alone time.
Sign Up For Deals and Wait
Sign up for deals from major retailers and wait for them to come rolling in. They will. Bed Bath & Beyond Black Friday deals, for example, are some of the best deals you’ll find on housewares, and gadgets.
Getting on a mailing list also exposes you to some gift-giving ideas – not just for the holidays, but all-year round. It’s a great way to start being more proactive about gift-giving too. Most people wait until the last minute to do their shopping. But, not only is this incredibly stressful, it’s not very productive. Of course, you might want to wait until the Friday after Thanksgiving to score some Black Friday deals. That’s perfectly OK, and it doesn’t have to be stressful.
Some gifts require planning, and the best gifts are well thought out in advance. And, when you have time to think and plan, you can use Black Friday coupons to save yourself some coin, and get what you really wanted to get for that special someone.
Make a List
Make a Christmas list of all of the things you want to buy for your friends and family. Go through a prioritize everything in order of importance. This will be key in keeping stress levels down. When you don’t have to think of things spontaneously while you’re out shopping, Christmas shopping is a breeze. Like a grocery list, you just go down the list and tick off the items as you buy them.
Plan a Day with Your Best Friend
Plan out a day with your best friend. We never spend enough quality time with the ones we care about. If something were to happen to them unexpectedly, we might blame ourselves for not seeing them one last time or telling them “I love you” or telling them “I’m sorry” about something that happened once, a long time ago. Only, there’s never enough time, so carving out a special day makes the time you do spend with that person extraordinary.
Order Some Gift Cards
Order gift cards for people whom you don’t know what to buy or who have specifically requested them. Gift cards sometimes feel like a cop out, but many people prefer to get them so that they can spend the money any way they wish. It’s like getting free money that the person can spend guiltlessly on themselves. And, that makes most people feel good.
Write a New Year’s Resolution
Write your New Year’s Resolution letter. The letter should detail what you plan to accomplish over the next year. Set challenging, but achievable goals. Make them action-oriented and practical. Make them relevant, and in-line with your personal values. This will help you look forward to Christmas, and the new year, rather than seeing it as a time of stress.
Sarah Zambrana has trained in alternative therapies and likes to share her insights on relaxation techniques and other related topics with an online audience. She writes for a number of health and lifestyle websites on a regular basis.