The holiday period is amazing. The colors and lights, all of the decorations, the food and drink and the general feelings of joy and excitement. But, it can, unfortunately also be unbelievably stressful. Kids Christmas lists seem to get bigger every year, while also getting more expensive. Food and drink options grow, people get fussier and start wanting different things. Everywhere you go gets busier and busier and everyone seems to be in a huge rush, and if you work in a customer service industry, you’ll suddenly find your working days get busier too. It can get to the point that all the stress and worry makes it hard to enjoy what should be a magical time. There are, however, some fantastic and simple ways to ease your stress levels and make Christmas a relaxing and fun time. Here’s a look at some of them.
Organize Your Finances and Set a Budget
One of the main worries people have at this time of year is financial. Stresses over money can
lead to sleepless nights, and if you’re not careful, you can end up paying off debts well into the new year. The best way to manage these worries is organizing your finances and setting a budget, so you stay within your means. Get a 1099 form 2016 to keep track of your earnings, then write a detailed budget. Make deals with family and friends to only spend a certain amount or just by for the children in the family. Most people are looking to control their spending at this time of year, so they’ll be only too happy to oblige.
Plan, Plan and Plan
Write yourself to-do lists for every stage of your Christmas planning. You could even get a Christmas planner to keep it all together. Make a gift list, a cleaning list, a cards list and a food list at least and start ticking things off.
Starting early means, there’s no crazy rush in the week before Christmas. You can buy food and freeze it until you need it, and buying gifts early can mean that you get some great deals as well as spreading the cost.
Try Homemade Gifts
Homemade cards and gifts take a little more effort but can save you a fortune, and many people find crafting or creating much less stressful than shopping.
Wrap as You Go
Don’t just keep buying things and hiding them around the house, only to find yourself with a mountain of wrapping to do on Christmas eve. Whenever you buy something, wrap it before you hide it.
Forget the Housework
Most of us go into Christmas week with a huge list of chores we want to do to get our houses perfect. If you do desperately want to give your house a good clean, it’s easier to do it earlier, before you decorate. But, if you’re not that bothered, leave it. None of your guests will notice when there are great gifts to unwrap and delicious foods to eat.
To make Christmas truly stress-free it’s important to remember what it’s all about. Even if you’re not religious, family, love and peace are more important than gifts and tinsel.
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