KEEPING HOLIDAY STRESS TO A MINUMUM; JUST SAY NO!
For many of us, the holidays were magical in childhood, but now high expectations can bring on too much stress. Sometimes inherited traditions or baking from scratch just doesn’t fit into your busy life. The secret to holiday stress is learning to say no.
1. Say No to Parties That You Don't Want to Attend
If all you want to do is rent a movie and stay home, you don’t owe anyone a long explanation. All you need to do is thank them and say you are sorry but already have plans and can’t attend.
2. Say No to Out-of-Control Gift-Giving
Nothing kills the holiday spirit like having to run around and buy gifts you don't have time to shop for, can't afford, and that nobody really needs anyway. Consider making donations to charitable organizations to honor family or friends. Hardly anyone needs more stuff. Involve your kids in picking the charities to donate to.
3. Say No to Unwanted Houseguests
There’s no rule that says you have to give up your room for your family coming into town. Offer to book a hotel room for them; help pay if it is appropriate. You’ll still be spending the same amount of time together, but won’t have to tip toe around Uncle Joe sleeping on the couch.
4. Say No to Doing All Work for Holiday Dinner
Do you cook the turkey, the ham, the pies, mash the potatoes, set the table, and make sure everyone else is happy Why? Don’t shoulder the entire burden. Enlist family members to help; and that means cleaning up too.
The holidays are about family and friends and reflecting on the good things in your life. Take the time to enjoy!