GIVEN the heavier traffic, long lines at malls, parties to schedule, and long to-do lists to deal with, it can be nerve-wracking to plan a fun Christmas celebration. Before you falter and succumb to holiday stress, remember the real reason behind the season—it’s about spending time with our loved ones and celebrating the birth of our Savior. ‘Tis the season to be jolly so why wallow in sadness? Manage your schedule well and avoid stress with these handy reminders:
1. Don’t fill up your calendar with parties.
Do you really need to attend and plan 10 parties with your friends? If you’re already overwhelmed by the list of things you need to accomplish, you may want to take it easy and make the most of what you’ve already planned. Spreading oneself too thin may only cause sleepless nights and the possibility of getting sick.
2. Try to exercise.
If you’re feeling the weight of the preparations on your shoulders, you may want to schedule a morning or evening run to help make you feel better. An hour spent in the gym might be helpful, too. Allotting time for your workout can take your mind off things and boost your mood.
3. Keep calm with citrus.
Essential oils are all the rage these days so you might want to get started on your own collection by choosing a calming citrusy scent like lemon or orange. According to an article published by Health, researchers “found that certain citrus fragrances boost feels of well-being and alleviate stress.”
4. Take a walk.
Got a big family reunion that you need to put together? It can be daunting, but with proper planning, you can do it! Try taking a walk around the neighborhood to help calm your nerves and put your thoughts in order. Who knows? A brilliant idea might come to you as you survey the colors of the houses on your street.
5. Listen to your favorite songs.
A few Christmas carols and your favorite tunes can help turn things around when you’re starting to feel down. Whether it’s a ballad, a rap song, or a pop medley you can’t get enough of, put it on and turn up the volume. We hope you’ll be bobbing your head to the music in no time!
6. Do less.
It’s okay to say no to some requests and declining invitations. You don’t always have to cook a grand spread nor send a hundred greeting cards to your friends. Spend time for yourself—schedule a pampering day, read a book, or even nap a day away.
7. Plan a vacation.
After the parties, make sure you spend even just a couple of days away from the city. Schedule a real vacation where you can learn new things, discover new places, and make new friends.
While social media comes in handy when it comes to reconnecting with old friends and getting in touch with relatives who are a thousand miles away, you may want to spend at least three to five days without going online. It can be challenging—especially if you love posting stories and double tapping on photos, but trust us, disconnecting can help you discover new hobbies and spend quality time with the family as well.
9. Keep in mind that your celebration doesn’t have to be perfect.
If you want everything to go as planned, you’ll surely end up stressed. Instead of obsessing over the tiniest details, enjoy the moment and let things flow naturally. Focus on the conversations around the table, catch up with everyone, and don’t worry about dessert arriving a few minutes late.
10. Focus on the good.
Think positive and don’t let negative thoughts get you down. Instead of thinking about what might go wrong, think about the good memories you’ll make with the people you love. Harnessing the good vibes and keeping things light can help prepare you for an exciting New Year, too!
This story originally appeared on Realliving.com.ph.
Minor edits have been made by the SPIN.ph editors.