6 Tips to Keep Your Sanity during the Holidays
Christmas is my favorite holiday, but sometimes it can be a struggle to keep your sanity with all that you want and need to get done. When it comes to Christmas, one thing we know for sure: Santa Claus and stress-free holidays are fairy tales. Every woman knows that while the entire family is embracing the holiday spirit happily, she is typically the one in charge of ensuring and providing that happiness. And this is cool with us. We don’t mind making everybody else happy, but we must make time for our own happiness and sanity during this time too!
Hello, beautiful! I pray that you’re doing exceedingly well and ready for the Christmas holidays!
Holiday stress is no joke! Although people tend to be more kind and courteous around this time, there are tense moments for those of us charged with planning, cooking, shopping, wrapping, decorating, and more. It can be quite overwhelming, to say the least. Below are a few tips I follow to make sure I’m at my best emotionally, and mentally.
Follow these tips to keep your sanity and survive Christmas!
1. Make two lists & check them twice.
Start by making a list of everything that you MUST do for Christmas and a list of what you would rather do. Ask yourself if the things you usually do at Christmas make you happy, or are just things you do because you have done them forever and you don’t want to break tradition. If your heart isn’t in a tradition any longer, don’t sweat it; traditions can be reinvented or even ditched.
2. Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize.
This is the perfect time to set your priorities straight and do something that makes you happy and will keep your sanity in check. If you’re not taking care of what’s important to you, resentment can creep in and spill over towards your loved ones and you may begin to resent Christmas altogether. You can’t pour into anyone else if you have nothing to give. Make sure your NEEDS and WANTS are at the top of the priority list and commit to making them happen.
3. Take a break.
Holiday means taking a break from all the running and working. Do it! Take that break. Let someone else cook or decorate. Instead of wrapping all the gifts, allow the Junior League or other community organization to wrap your gifts in exchange for a donation. Trust me, there may be a few ruffled feathers, but there will be no casualties just because you decide to change things up a bit.
Additionally, make sure you dedicate a few hours to yourself as often as possible. Read a book, watch a movie, go for a walk, or whatever you find relaxing. Trust me, the more time you dedicate to yourself, the easier it is to keep your sanity if things get crazy during the family dinner!
4. Don’t let idiots get to you!
This is a universal truth: where there are holiday gatherings, idiots are bound to appear. Don’t take them seriously and never engage in a serious conversation with them. Their idiot remarks can really affect your holiday groove and send you straight into the arms of holiday stress. They usually have no empathy, and a mind so sealed in stupidity that you can’t reason with them to have a healthy conversation. You must make sure they don’t get to you so that you keep your cool. Laugh a lot; this will help to deal with them. As a matter of fact, laugh often during holidays. Laughter is a natural stress reliever and it happens to be the best prescription when dealing with idiots!
5. Treat yourself!
It is easy to forget to treat ourselves during Christmas. We busy ourselves with buying the perfect gift for others, but one hand doesn’t always wash the other. Truth be told, for many of us, the gifts we receive are not what we want or need and, sadly, not thoughtful. Yes, it is gratifying to see the smiles on the face of family members when they open their gifts. However, it is also a beautiful thing to have that same delight! So, go buy that pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing for months, book that trip, or take a spa day just for you. I can honestly say that this has helped me keep my sanity on more than one occasion!
6. Enjoy the eggnog and count your blessings!
These two activities are not exactly complimentary, but you will be surprised how helpful they are to keep your sanity during Christmas and manage your stress level! Believe me when I tell you that the eggnog isn’t there just as an element of décor. Take a sip…or two…or three! It’s allowed. It is the season to be merry and it will make your cousin’s crazy laughter bearable. I’m not saying to drink to get drunk, but a glass of eggnog certainly helps you deal with all the craziness that comes with Christmas & family gatherings.
While the drinking part is entirely facultative, counting your blessings will do wonders for your state of mind and ensure you keep your sanity at Christmas. As the song lyrics go, “Count your many blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.”
You have so many good things to be thankful and grateful for; your family is one of them. You have God in your heart and you’re surrounded by people who want to be close to you. They may be crazy, but we all have our own craziness and this makes us special. Thank God for everything you have in your life and promise Him that you will cherish the love He sends you.
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As always, be #fearlessauthenticunapologetic and keep it Chic.Classy.Spicy.