Are you feeling a bit like a holiday hot mess?
Here are some tips to help you address the mess and stay on track this holiday season.
- Acknowledge your feelings
If someone close to you has recently died or you can’t be with loved ones for other reasons, know that it’s normal to feel sadness and grief. And It’s okay to cry or express your feelings. You can’t force yourself to be happy just because it’s the holiday season.
- Plan ahead
Failure to plan ahead can certainly create some holiday stress. Make a list of the things you need to do and buy so you won’t have to scramble at the last minute.
This doesn’t mean kiss Santa or your significant other. It means Keep It Simple Stupid. You don’t have to have a Christmas Tree in every room. You don’t have to decorate outside like the Griswold’s. You don’t have to go to every party or event that you are invited to. Keep things simple and learn to say no to things that don’t fit in with your priorities.
- Don’t abandon healthy habits
There is certainly no shortage of temptations around the holiday. Many of us can easily consume greater than normal quantities of sugar, salt, and fat if we aren’t careful. It’s probably not realistic to avoid all goodies but think moderation. Maybe have one cookie instead of three. Cut your portions. Stock your fridge with healthy foods. Have a healthy snack before holiday parties to curb your appetite. Don’t totally throw your diet out the window and then pay for it in January!
- Accept imperfection
Sometimes we place unrealistic expectations around how to “holiday” and think we need to have that Norman Rockwell Christmas. But the truth is there are no rules on how to celebrate. I’m trying to embrace the imperfect holiday with my dysfunctional family. And have a Hot Mess Holiday gathering with some neighbors – aka Honey Boo Boo Christmas gathering.
- Plan spending
Most people hate doing budgets including me. But one of the leading causes of holiday stress is financial overstretch and establishing a budget is a helpful strategy. Perhaps you want to have a meal with your immediate family instead of hosting an elaborate dinner. Or you can suggest drawing names rather than buying presents for numerous relatives.
- Buy From Hot Mess to God’s Best
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- Remember the reason for the season.
It’s not about you, your kids or Santa Claus. Jesus is the reason for the season and our most important focus!