Preparing for the holidays is incredibly stressful. You’ve got to buy gifts, plan and attend parties, and visit family members you may not get along with. There’s just too much to do, and not enough time to do it. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to make the holidays more manageable.
First, list off the most important things you want to get done this holiday season. You may want to attend your old friend’s party. Maybe you want to make holiday treats with your family. Write out whatever you want to do, and promise yourself you will do those activities. If a friend asks you to do something for them that conflicts with the tasks on your list, politely tell them you are too busy right now. Don’t let yourself feel badly that you can’t help your friend. You have to prioritize your life and needs over theirs, and that’s okay. Give yourself permission to put those important tasks first, and you’ll be less likely to overwork yourself this holiday season.
Second, make time to take care of yourself. Once you know what activities you want to do with your family and friends, decide how and when you will take care of your own needs. Plan some time to take a nap, watch your favorite TV show, or take a bath. You’ll feel much better after taking some time for yourself, and be ready to get back to the holiday season hustle.
Third, pick out your holiday cards, and send them out as soon as you can. It’s easy to put off sending out holiday cards until the last minute, but if you do, you may end up not sending them out at all. Before things get too chaotic, order your cards. One option I really like is Basic Invite’s cards. Their holiday cards will definitely impress your family and friends. Many of their cards have options to add foil to make them really pop. They also offer free address printing on envelopes, which means a lot less work for you! Grab your holiday cards soon so you can send them out fast. It’s the worst when your cards don’t reach your family until after the holidays.
Good luck with everything this holiday season! Remember to order your holiday cards, and make time for yourself and your family. Prioritize the things that are really important to you this season, and I’m sure your holidays will be a blast.