The holiday season can be the happiest time of the year, with a break from school, a break from work, + time spent with our closest family + friends. However, with all the shopping, cooking, + planning, the holidays can also become the most *stressful* time of year. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to stay #inCHAARG + stress-free during the holidays!
FOCUS ON THE *BIGGER PICTURE*
Sometimes, it can seem like the most important parts of the holidays are spending money + pleasing others, but the holiday season is about so much more than those things! When we focus all our energy on money + to-do lists, we can lose sight of what’s actually important — spending time with the ones we love, + sometimes, the ones we don’t get to see very often because of school//work. The holidays aren’t only about gifts, ++ Thanksgiving doesn’t have to revolve around a *perfect menu.* Focusing on what the holidays are really about, instead of the material parts of them, will make the season a whole lot less stressful + a whole lot more meaningful! : )
SCHEDULE IN TIME TO DE-STRESS
Relaxing doesn’t have to take up a lot of time, + there are plenty of ways to schedule de-stressing into your holiday plans when you start to feel overwhelmed. Running Turkey Trots + Hot Chocolate 5Ks, driving around your neighborhood to look at holiday lights, making a gingerbread house with family + friends, going to see a movie on Christmas, playing in the snow, even taking advantage of free gift wrapping at stores so you don’t have to do it — the holidays don’t have to be a source of stress, they should be fun + enjoyable!
FIND ONE WAY TO MAKE PROGRESS EVERY DAY
We all have goals, + the busyness of the holidays [or anytime of the year] doesn’t have to get in the way of your progress towards reaching those goals! Whether your day is full of cookie baking or shopping for your friends//fam [or CHAARGmas! ; ) ], focus on *one thing* you can do every day to help you in your journey. We all have 168 hours in our week, + simply dedicating an hour or so a day to our goals will make a huge difference in our progress, while still leaving time for us to focus on the holidays.
It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of holidays, but we should remember that the holidays aren’t all about stress. It’s important to focus on spending time with loved ones, while also taking care of ourselves, to make the holidays more meaningful than stressful.
++ Ashleigh Monaco [ashvm_inchaarg] // University of Iowa