As the end of the year approaches, you may find yourself scrambling for time to close out one annual chapter and prepare for the next. And with an already trying year, it’s no surprise that holiday duties, family gatherings, home prep, and more can leave some feeling lost in the chaos and struggling to stay on the ball.
But fear not, oh brave ones – here are some wonderful tips to help you keep organized and manage holiday stress like a pro:
Tackle holiday cards early on: If you’re one of those people who sends cards out every year but always sends them out a little late, try using your next off day to get this simple task checked off your list with ease. That way, your card writing experience will be Zen, relaxed, and delightfully full of holiday spirit instead of haste and angst.
Buy a planner – and use it: A planner is an excellent micro investment. Sure, we have our smartphones for routine alerts, meetings and other daily tasks, but you may find that physically checking off each item on that holiday to-do list is both more satisfying and easier to gauge progress at a glance. You can dedicate your digital calendar to keeping track of your work meetings, personal tasks and other duties, while reserving your playtime planner for all the good stuff, including some sessions of strategic downtime, especially during this season of frenzy.
Make it fun: The holidays are supposed to be fun, not stressful. Do some holiday baking and make some sweet treats for yourself, your friends, and even your co-workers to spread the good cheer and infuse everyone’s day with that sparkly holiday spirit. Take an evening or two to make some holiday crafts with your family as well, and consider scheduling in a good Christmas movie night or go retro with classic holiday tunes while you decorate the home.
Lastly, take care of yourself: It’s all too easy to neglect your rest and get run down, and even fall under the weather during the winter holidays. So make sure to stay diligent with your immune support supplements or wellness regimen, and dress yourself in your favorite wintry snuggle clothes for braving the cold. Also, be sure to eat wisely, drink plenty of water and stay committed to maintaining an adequate sleep schedule.
At the end of the day (or, the end of the year, in this case), the holidays should be an absolutely joyous delight for all. So be sure to equip yourself with all the tools you need to manage holiday stress, stay organized and enjoy the precious time with your family and loved ones.