How to Survive the Holiday Season
Tis the season to be … overwhelmed! If you’re tapped out from classes, work, and the day-to-day needs of your family, the hustle and bustle of the holidays might be too much to handle. If that’s the case, then follow these tips to take control of holiday stress before it takes control of you.
When school assignments, family commitments, and work schedules start to collide with your holiday to-do list, sit down and take a look at the big picture. Print off a calendar for the month and jot down what needs to be done each day. This way, you can see what you can realistically accomplish and what needs to be rescheduled or removed from your list.
Get Ahead in Your Classes
Try to read ahead a chapter or two; or start that assignment that’s due after the first of the year. You’ll feel much more relaxed at holiday parties when you know you’re one step ahead in your classes. And you won’t have that nagging feeling that you should leave the party to go home and study.
Plan Your Budget
For many, the holidays can be the biggest financial burden of the year, but there are a few things you can do to lessen the hit to your pocket book.
- Come up with a gift budget and stick to it—no more last-minute buys standing in line at the department store.
- Curb your children’s expectations by asking them to choose just one item they really want.1
- Have holiday potluck parties instead of paying for all of the food on your own.
- Make your own gift certificates on your computer and give the gift of your time or your talents.
- If you’re creative, hand-made gifts might be a great option this year.
- Suggest a re-gifting theme to your family and friends and eliminate holiday shopping.
- Take advantage of all of the free or inexpensive holiday events in your town—attend tree-lighting ceremonies, pancake breakfasts or sing carols in a senior center or hospital.
Class assignments, work parties, and holiday events can eat up your time and your energy. Decide what’s most important and say no to the rest. You can only do so much. Deciding in advance what you can handle, and planning accordingly, eliminates those stressful last-minute decisions.
So if you’re feeling overwhelmed this holiday season, take a few minutes to catch your breath and remember it’s totally up to you how much—or how little—you choose to do.
Here are some tips on to keep your focus – during the holidays and throughout the year.