Keep your expectations realistic. Your tree, house, party, gifts, and cookies don’t have to be picture-perfect. Don’t overextend yourself.
Set limits. You can say “no” to requests. The holidays are a busy time for all, and while you may want to see and do everything, it’s not physically possible.
Use your imagination when choosing gifts. They don’t have to be expensive. If funds are really tight, don’t overspend. Offer babysitting or taxi services. Homemade gifts are often more appreciated than store-bought ones.
Plan ahead. Start holiday shopping early. Check out sales. The earlier you start to prepare for the holidays, the less stress you’ll put on yourself.
Try to exercise during this hectic time. Studies prove that exercising is a great stress reliever. Besides, it will help keep you in shape as you indulge in the holiday goodies.
Remember the true meaning of the holiday you’re celebrating, and spend time giving thanks for all the good things and people in your life.