surprise holiday gift

The holidays and stress should not even be mentioned in the same sentence. The holidays are a time to reflect on our many blessings and to spend quality time with our loved ones. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, stress can rear its ugly head if we’re not careful. After many years, we have finally figured out how to truly enjoy the holidays!

Plan, Plan, Plan: Begin as soon as possible! There’s no better place than Pinterest to get ideas for decorating, recipes and handcrafted gifts. You can even create secret boards to keep your gift ideas on the down low. Involve your children in the pre-planning process and make it a tradition to gather ideas together.

Organize: Now organize all of these fabulous ideas into a realistic calendar. For instance, you can print an actual paper calendar for November and December, and then write in event dates and what has to be cooked or done by a particular date. Rather than looking at the big, scary picture, you can figure out how many tasks you need to accomplish each week. Many times if we look at a project as a whole it seems impossible, but if we break it down with mini deadlines, it suddenly becomes possible. You should approach the holidays in this manner.

decorating a holiday tree

Get Back to the Basics: If stress seems to be overshadowing your joyous holiday spirit, then maybe you should rethink your commitments. Get back to what is truly important to you and respectfully decline invitations that aren’t so significant to you.

>> Read more: Top 10 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress

Watch a Holiday Movie: We all have hectic lifestyles and there’s something to be said for taking time out of the day and simply watching a classic holiday movie with the family.

Be Thankful: If you start feeling stressed, remember how blessed you are to have the opportunities and means you have been given. Many people would love to have those blessings!

wrapping christmas gifts

Do Something Nice for Someone: Giving unexpected little gifts of homemade bread or other goodies to neighbors and coworkers is a wonderful stress reliever!

>> Read more: 40 Healthy Ways to Relax and De-Stress