- Take Yourself Out: Practicing self-care is an important part of managing holiday stress. Take yourself out to eat and relax. Bring a cute notebook or journal and relax as you plan to absolutely crush this holiday season.
- Plan: Create a plan. Even if the holidays seem daunting, start with the end in mind and create a plan through January 1st. Talk with your partner to make sure you are on the same page and create a strategy to get through the holidays.
- Delegate: Everyone in your household should have a task, even your toddler. Make sure that you are not the only person preparing for the holidays. If no one will help, create a task list before special events. Implement the if this than that rule. If the tasks are completed on the list, then we can complete other fun activities.
- Budget: Create a spending budget and stick to it. There is nothing worse than post-holiday guilt over spending. This is especially important when you notice the kids playing with boxes rather than the toys that you purchased.
- Give: Create a plan to give. Don’t just share a thoughtful post about giving. Find an organization and a cause to give to. Volunteer as a family at a soup kitchen, or create a basket to give away to a caregiver that needs a boost during the season. Smile at strangers, and pay for someone’s coffee in line.
- Enjoy: Stay present during activities, and even in the madness, make sure to enjoy your children, friends, and loved ones. Having a miserable holiday is like sulking at someone else’s party. Enjoy and be merry.