Trying to find the perfect gift, overspending, attending too many holiday events, and keeping up with the commercialized side of the season can lead to more stress than actual joy during the holidays.
So how can we keep it real, and feel more festive rather than frazzled during the most wonderful time of the year?
Do less, enjoy more
When we overcommit during the holidays rushing from one holiday gathering to the next it can be hard to be fully present. In fact, when we say yes to too many activities during the holiday season we can end up feeling more depleted than joyful. In other words, don’t overcommit and you’ll have more time to enjoy the people around you rather than being somewhere and feeling anxious about where you may need to be next.
Set a Holiday budget
The holidays can be simply put; expensive! Setting a budget ahead of time can dramatically help decrease the internal worry of overspending. Sticking within your holiday budget is a sure-fire way to prevent yourself from feeling the “I overspent during the holidays” blues in the new year.
Get your shopping done early
I’m happy to say I’ve already purchased a bunch of gifts for some of my family members and friends. It feels so good knowing I only have a few people left to shop for. Christmas shopping doesn’t have to be “There’s ten days left till Christmas so lets all run out to the mall and stress out about what we’re going to buy for everyone” In fact, it can feel non-stressful if you plan ahead and get some gifts for the people on your list early. Stop looking for the “perfect gift”
There is no such thing as perfect. Perfect is overrated anyhow. This may sound cliché but rather than pressuring yourself to find the “perfect gift” keep reminding yourself it’s truly the thought that counts.
Find a local or global cause to give back to
This holiday season our family is dedicated to giving back to one local and one global cause. We are giving back to One Girl Can by purchasing their holiday gift cards. 100% of proceeds will go towards helping girls in Africa receive an education. And we will also be giving back with the Cause We Care Foundation helping single mothers in Vancouver in need receive care packages.
Giving back always feels good on the inside. If you’re feeling stressed this holiday season try giving back. Even a small act of kindness goes along way and it benefits not only the recipient but also the giver.
Take advantage of services that can help you during the holidays
Time seems to be one of the biggest reasons people may feel stressed during the holiday season. There never seems to be enough time to get everything done. And everything takes time, especially gift wrapping, cooking for holiday parties, and baking.
For this reason, I highly suggest taking advantage of things like, catering services, gift wrapping services, online shopping, cleaning services, grocery delivery and more.
Any help you can get will eliminate stress and save you time, which in turn will help you enjoy the holidays.
In short, time is such a precious commodity. Let’s spend it feeling festive, joyful, and present.
Most importantly, remember to take care of you!
It can be really hard during the holidays to put ourselves first especially when we have so much on our to -do list. However, in order to feel festive rather than frazzled self-care should not be put on the backburner.
Perhaps listening to Christmas carols, relaxing with some hot cocoa in your pjs, or taking a brisk walk is your jam. It doesn’t have to be extravagant but it is important to spend some time doing something simply for you during the busiest and most wonderful time of the year.
Happy Holidays xx
Jaime began her blog “Styling the Inside” to inspire herself and others to live a life that feels good within. She hoped to find happiness by styling her exterior until realizing that the inner work had to be done first in order to live a life that felt good. Jamie is a proud supporter of Hashtaglunchbag, which that feed the homeless in the Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, and One Girl Can which provides educational opportunities to impoverished girls in highly marginalized areas of sub-Saharan Africa.