Remember how Christmas used to feel when you were a child? It seemed like you spent the entire year counting down the days to December 25, and when the day finally arrived, it was full of magic, wonder and awe. But as we age, Christmas seems to lose some of its magic, which shows us that Christmas truly is what we make of it. If you truly and fully embrace the Christmas spirit, you will likely enjoy Christmas more than someone who embraces the spirit of the Grinch. Check out these tips below to help you simplify and enjoy Christmas just like when you were a little kid.
Plan ahead. Many of us stretch ourselves too thin over the holidays and stress ourselves out with all the various holiday activities, but planning ahead can help avoid all of that. Set a schedule for each day of the holidays. Take a hint from the big guy in the red jacket; make lists and check them twice! Whether they’re shopping lists, menus or chore lists, spare no detail when it comes to planning your Christmas. It’s always best to be prepared.
Don’t flip out if you gain weight. If you had a dollar for every time you were tempted with a sweet holiday treat, you might be able to afford yourself a nice gift this year! Those tempting treats lurk behind every corner and are sometimes too tempting to pass on, so don’t beat yourself up if you gain a few pounds this Christmas! You know you’ll be back to your fitness and clean eating schedule after the holidays, so don’t sweat the small stuff. After all, what’s Christmas Eve without swiping a few of those cookies your kids made for Santa Clause?
Keep worthwhile traditions. Traditions define the holidays and are great ways to reconnect with old friends and family you don’t get to see very often throughout the year. That being said, if a certain tradition is too laborious or has lost its luster over the years, you don’t have to force the life out of it! Chances are others are ready for a new tradition as well. Discontinuing a tradition does not negate the significance or memories it once evoked.
It’s just a party. It’s supposed to be fun! Prepare yourself as best you can for any holiday party you’re hosting, and then have fun with your guests. Don’t spend so much time agonizing over the details once the party has began; just do your part to keep spirits up and enjoy yourself!
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Appreciate the beauty of online shopping. We are convinced that online shopping was specifically invented for the holidays. If you don’t have the patience to deal with shopping malls, find your gifts online! You have the worldwide web at your fingertips, so chances are you will find great deals. That way, not only will you save big bucks, but you’ll save your peace of mind as well!
Extend compassion to a stranger. Whether you let someone cut in front of you in the grocery checkout line or you donate to the Salvation Army, try to do extend one act of compassion to a stranger. Better yet, make it a daily goal! You might transform someone’s crappy day into a great one, and who knows what kind of domino effect your act of kindness will have. Remember the reason for the season!
Exercise! Not only is exercising important for your physical health, but it’s also a safe and healthy way to unleash some steam every single day! You can pummel your stresses into the ground with exercise; plus, the endorphins at the end of your workout will leave you feeling merry and bright and ready to take on any curveball the holiday season may throw at you.
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End the day in silence. If you’re able, take 10 to 15 minutes at the end of Christmas Day in spend it in silence. Gather your family, turn off all the lights in your house except the Christmas tree and decoration lights, and reflect on your blessings this Christmas season. Thanksgiving isn’t the only holiday to be grateful, you know! Your seasonal stress will melt away when you think of all the positives in your life like your children, your family, your job, your home, your friends, etc. Take some time to think about the big picture stuff.
It’s ok to say no. You oftentimes feel bad saying no to someone, whether it be your parents, your children, your spouse or your boss, but it’s important to remember not to overload your plate. If you feel that you can’t get something done correctly or on time, don’t freak out! You’ve heard it a million times: just say no. The fact of the matter is, you can’t do it all. At least, you can’t do it all alone. Speaking of…
Ask for help. No one likes admitting their weaknesses, but sometimes you can’t go it alone. Ask your family for help, whether you need help cleaning, shopping for gifts, planning holiday party meals, planning holiday party activities, or just completing a simple everyday task, ask someone — anyone — for help. It will take a load off your back and help you enjoy the Christmas season.
How do you enjoy Christmas even when it stresses you out to no end? Share with us in the comments below and have a very Merry Christmas!