The holiday season is officially underway (even though it feels like fall just started)!
- Do you get stressed during the holiday season?
- Is it a bit overwhelming for you?
With family, children, gifts, cookies, parties, holiday orders and much more, it's easy to understand why you might be feeling a little overwhelmed at the moment! It’s normal, and I assure you — you're not alone!
Take a deep breath.
Here are five easy, straight-forward ways to help eliminate some of that stress you might be feeling as the holiday season approaches.
1. Don't take on more than you can handle.
As mothers, we often have difficulty telling people no. It’s okay to do that, and sometimes you need to maintain your sanity. Try not to feel guilty. Each of us has our limits, and we need to know and respect them. The world will not end if you don’t send an extra treat to your child’s holiday party or if you don’t host the neighborhood holiday open house. If you feel the need to add something to your list this year, make sure you take something else off.
Make your list and stick to it! It’s important to recognize which things on your list are necessary and crucial to you. These things should go at the top. Manage your time and do the most pressing matters first. It’s okay to have some things on your list that are there just if time allows. The things toward the bottom of your list will be the ones you don’t get to if time runs out. And, that’s okay!
3. Focus on your kids.
Nothing will bring you more joy than spending time with and enjoying your children! After all, they are why you do everything you do. The holiday season truly is magical through the eyes of children. Take the time to enjoy and savor that. If they are your focus and your priority, everything else will inevitably fall into place.
4. Be honest.
Not only with others but with yourself! If you really don't want to attend your great-aunt Nancy's neighbor’s Christmas gathering, don't! If you do not want to participate in the secret Santa exchange at church, say so. When you aren’t honest, you’re hurting more than just yourself. This goes back to knowing your limits and respecting them.
5. Cut yourself off.
Last minute projects tend to stress me out. So, I recommend establishing a cutoff date. And, be firm! Set your last day to order before Christmas early on and stick to it. Be sure to schedule time to bake your cookies in between Christmas programs and parties. Keep your calendar organized and try your hardest to get things done early. Saving shopping, baking, and wrapping until the last minute won’t be kind on your stress level.
6. Take time off.
Just because you are an entrepreneur doesn't mean you have to work over the holidays! Enjoy taking a few days off, or setting some time aside for just yourself. The holidays can be a busy and stressful time, but they are also a time to refocus and regroup for the coming year. Give yourself that time to rest and reassess, and then you’ll be even more ready to tackle the New Year!
7. Savor the moment.
Hopefully, by doing some of these things, you’ll be better able to hold off the holiday stress and enjoy the special times with your family. Because really that’s what it is all about. Keep the reason for the season in the forefront of your mind, and everything else will fall into place
Good luck! I’d love to hear about your plans for the upcoming holiday season and how you plan to balance it all.
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Dawn Berryman is the founder of MarketMommy.com and Market Mommy:: The Blog, online marketing resources for mom entrepreneurs. Market Mommy shows moms how and where to market their businesses. She holds a B.A. from Indiana University and has worked in the marketing/communications field for more than 11 years. She resides in rural Ohio with her husband and three children. For more information, please see: Market Mommy.