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This time of year I hear a lot of people talking about how overwhelmed they are, how the stress of the holidays is getting to them. They feel overwhelmed by buying gifts, attending various activities, family and community obligations… the list goes on and on.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The key to getting rid of holiday stress is learning to be intentional with your time, making decisions to simplify and making a conscious effort to slow down and enjoy the holidays.
It’s actually pretty simple, and small changes can make a huge impact! Over the last few years, I’ve implemented these ideas to make the holidays more enjoyable and far less stressful!
#1- Make a List – You know the big guy from the North Pole makes a list and checks it twice, and you should too! I’m not talking about for gifts but your to-do list. Sit down and write down all the things you have to accomplish, events you’re thinking of attending… everything to do with the upcoming holidays. Now look at it and figure out if there is anything you can cross off. Is there something you’re dreading that you can get out of, something super stressful that you want to opt out, are there things you can delegate or simplify? Take a look at your list through the lens of the importance of your time and sanity and figure out what on it is truly important!
#2- Take a Night off – The holidays can be full of events, cooking, baking, and decorating. It seems like through the month of December every day has something to do! Plan a night off!! Pick out a few Christmas movies, turn down the lights and snuggle up on the couch with your family! Stop by Kroger for a Ready to Heat Pizza and Coca-Cola™to make dinner a breeze! Nothing cuts holiday stress like a night in with delicious pizza, Coca-Cola and time with your feet up enjoying your family!
#3- Learn to Say “No”– So we looked at your list, and there may be some things on it that you need to say no to. It can be hard when you’re worried about disappointing people or wanting to help everyone! When you’re looking to simplify sometimes that means saying no. Take your time to think things over before giving an automatic yes, figure out if it is something that will add value or stress to your holidays. Can you say yes without feeling overwhelmed? Is it something simple that you can do easily or is it super time-consuming? Learn to say yes to things that are truly important to you and say no to those that won’t make your holiday better.
#4- Cut Down on Gift Giving- Are you overwhelmed by the number of gifts you have to buy? Are you spending a small fortune? Do you already have so much stuff the idea of exchanging gifts and getting more makes you cringe? Take a look at who you are exchanging with and talk to them! Maybe you can go out for dinner together, or just exchange gifts among the children. Maybe you can do a group exchange where everyone just buys one gift? Get creative with people, or just simply talk to them, it’s likely they feel the same way!
We’ve even talked to our kids about cutting down on their lists to the things they want the most!
#5- Choose Experiences Over Stuff– When it comes to gift giving, or spending quality time with your family experiences are the way to go. If you’re buying gifts think about giving gift cards for movies, shows, or classes. When it comes to spending time with family opt for experiences like driving through lights or ice skating. Those memories last way longer than holiday sweets or more stuff!
#6- Plan Ahead for Busy Days- There is virtually no avoiding the super busy days that come with the holiday season! You’ll have your days packed with baking, events, and shopping, the hustle and bustle is real! When you have busy days planning is key! For me knowing what’s for dinner is key, if we’ve been out shopping all day it helps to know what we’re eating when we get home! My go-to is a Kroger’s Ready to Heat Pizza and Coca-Cola. It makes my boys super happy, takes only minutes to prepare, and I get to relax after a busy day!
Even better Kroger loyalty members can purchase a fresh ready-to-heat pizza for $5.99 and save $1 off a 1.25L Coca-Cola™ beverage or 1L DASANI® (making the drink nearly free)! (valid through 12/3/17 – 1/3/18)
This deal makes your quick and easy dinner even better!!
So stop by Kroger this holiday season, take advantage of this great deal, and keep things simple!!
What advice would you add for simplifying the holidays?