It is no secret that the holidays are here, and with them can come a great deal of stress and anxiety. You might have a huge checklist of items you wish to do and accomplish this season, and getting this list tackled can really raise your stress level even more and make you hard on yourself. So how can you simplify the holidays? It is actually quite simple itself! When you figure out how to simplify this holiday season, you can enjoy experiences and family time that is about quality, not quantity. Here is how you can get started!
How to Simplify This Holiday Season: 3 Easy Steps
1. Set your goals, then prioritize them.
Create a list of your goals for the season. These goals may include visiting family, making your own cookies, putting up a tree, getting holiday cards out, etc. Make a list and when you are done, go through and prioritize them. Which ones do you really want to do? Which ones do you feel obligated to do? Which ones could you do without? Number the list in order from most important, to least important.
2. Use your list to arrange your calendar.
Now that you have a list of what you want to accomplish, and it is ordered from most to least importance, you can start scheduling these activities into your schedule. Since you are scheduling using your list, you are able to plan the activities that really mean the most to you. You know that activities that ranked low on your list? Those are the ones you can skip scheduling or use as tentative activities when time allows.
3. Listen to your feelings as well as the feelings of your family.
Be aware of how all of the activities you have planned make you feel and make your family feel. If what you want to accomplish (skiing, caroling, cooking, craft making) isn’t bringing joy to you and the people around you, it isn’t worth cramming into your holiday schedule. Really be aware of what makes you happy as a person and a family. If something doesn’t fit that bill, toss it.
The trick behind simplifying the holiday season is making memories, not checking off lists. Instead of trying to cram tons of activities that you feel obligated to do into your life, choose a few that really are memory makers for you and your family. Those are the ones that really matter, and the rest is just fluff.
Remember, the best times spent with family are often the simplest. Watch a holiday movie, bake some break and bake cookies, or buy some pre assembled craft kits for crafting. Take short cuts wherever you can so more time can be spent together instead of stressing or creating the perfect holiday.
Happy Monday, friends!