While the holidays are supposed to be a time of joy, for some people they can induce stress. Depending on what business you are in, this could be the busiest time of the year for you. Conversely, your business could be exceptionally slow this time of year. In addition to business worries, you have the traditional holiday expectations to fulfill. It can be pretty overwhelming. So here are some tips to help you reduce your stress levels during the holiday season.
Don’t Kill Yourself Trying To Make Everything Perfect
So you didn’t get the tree up right after Thanksgiving? Don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world. There’s no set rule about when to deck the halls. Don’t fret about it. Don’t worry about if your cookie decorating doesn’t look like the cookies on the cover of Better Homes and Gardens. One of the most important thing about the holidays is to spend time with your family. If your family enjoys themselves, you’ve done a good job.
Pick A Holiday Budget And Stick To It
It may be tempting to go all out during the holidays. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you have to spend tons of money buying gifts for EVERYONE you know. Instead of killing yourself working overtime to buy stuff for people you really don’t spend a lot of time with, pick a certain number of people to buy gifts for and stick with that. Maybe a simple card or phone call will be enough for the acquaintances that you want to buy something for.
Learn To Say No
You will be presented with lots of holiday gatherings and events to attend. Don’t feel like you have to go to EVERYTHING you are invited to. It’s perfectly okay to turn down some invites if you feel like you are putting too much on your plate.
Plan Some Down Time
Between shopping and enjoying holiday festivities, it can be really easy to get burned out. Be sure to plan some down time during this busy season. Don’t skip out on whatever it is you need to do in order to relax.
The holidays can be both joyful and stress free. Remember, the main thing is to enjoy each other’s company and have fun.