Holiday Season, the most beautiful time of the year, right? Well, it is probably one of the most stressful times. Filled full of to-do-lists. Attending parties, buying presents, meeting people we usually avoid all year. Not to mention the food shopping and preparation. Here a small guide on how to survive the Holiday Season and still stay sane.
Have a budget
A lot of us go into debts during the holiday season. The pressure on parents or partners to present a beautiful present is beyond stressful. Make sure you explain to your children what the most important part of the Holiday Season is if you cannot afford an expensive gift be honest. If anyone expected more from you, really ask yourself if this is a healthy relationship or friendship. No one who truly loves you expects you to go into debts. With this, you also teach your children to appreciate value. You can create beautiful memories without spending a lot of money. Create decorations with your children, let them help you decorate the tree.
Avoid last minute shopping
You hear about the friends who bought their presents for the Holiday Season already in September and wonder how they do it? Are you maybe the last minute shopper? We are more likely to spend more money when we leave it to the last minute; desperation drives us to overspend. Like I stated before, make a budget and give yourself plenty of time.
Buy food you are sure you will eat
The amount of food that we buy during the Holiday Season is ridiculous. People panic buy, and a lot of the food gets wasted. In 2014 it was estimated that at least 4.2 million Christmas Dinners got wasted in the United Kingdom. This is a huge number. Give yourself a budget, make sure the food you buy is not too much. Is it food you like or is it food you feel you need to buy because traditions or adverts are telling you that this is the food we have to eat during the Holiday Season? I know a lot of people who buy a turkey, and they do not even like it but feel that they have gotten drawn into this tradition, and hence they cook it. I recommend to buy rather the food you like and enjoy than food you only buy to throw away and do not even like. Question if this tradition works for you. Free yourself from the expectation to cook what everyone else is cooking.
Loneliness at Christmas
Imagine you lost your loved one or had a relationship break up and you are facing the Holiday Season on your own. In 2014 it was expected that 7% of the people in the UK will spend their Holiday Season on Christmas Day alone, that would have been over 4 Million people. If you can, reach out to people who you know will most likely spend Christmas by themselves. If you are affected by this, mention it to your friends or family, find events in your area, these days there are a lot of charities and restaurants that offer events on Christmas Day for people who normally would face Christmas Day by themselves. Or if you like maybe invite people over to your place.
Facing people you avoid all year
There are more arguments than ever during the festive season. People you might have avoided all year you will meet during the festive season. A lot of us seem to think that we need to play kind and forget about any arguments only to end up feeling angry, upset and argue more. We have expectations that miraculously during the festive season everyone will feel love, but a lot of people drink more alcohol or feel more stressed than ever which is more likely to lead to a lot more fallouts. Remember, you do not have to go if you feel it is more of a burden, weigh up the negative to the positives. If the negatives outweigh, the positive do not attend. If it is an argument, you can settle before reach out to the person and make peace.
Be yourself! Expensive presents are not necessary to show how much you love or appreciate someone. Create space for yourself too. Take some rest enjoy the beauty of this season and chillax as much as you can. Holiday Season should be every day, showing appreciation and gratitude as a daily practice is where the magic happens!