December 4, 2014

Have Yourself a Happier Little Christmas

Are you already stressing about Christmas? Four days into December, and I already am! I don’t know what it is about the holidays, but it’s so easy to get overwhelmed. There is just so much to do which puts on a lot of pressure, don’t ya think?

As I was trying to figure out how to manage some of these stresses, I realized that there are some easy solutions. Okay, maybe not as easy as I would like (as in, press the Easy Button), but still pretty easy. (that is a lot of the word easy for one paragraph!) And sticking to them would actually make my holidays way more fun and easy happy. Yay, right?

Maybe they’ll help you out, too. Here are my tips for having a happy littler (is that a word?!) holiday.

To be a little less crazed...
Stop obsessing about finding the perfect gift for everyone: I love gift giving, but I am terrible at it. I stress every holiday a gift is involved trying to find the perfect gift for the person I am shopping for. I spend a ton of time trying to come up with the perfect gift ideas for everyone on my list and then am let down if I don't find it, or it doesn't illicit the same reaction I thought it would. Sometimes a gift is just a gift. So it is okay not to totally go crazed over it. Yes, putting thought and effort into the gifts we give is great. But obsessing and stressing is not. So chill Lauren, chill!!

To be a little thinner....
Find a happy balance when it comes to food: Sugar cookies, puppy chow, cheese dips… a whole lot of awful-for-you-but-oh-so-good goodies are everywhere. And who are we kidding? They are part of the holiday experience. But they can make us feel not-so-great about ourselves...five pounds later. That is not little. So what is a festive girl to do? Well, instead of depriving ourselves of them completely or stuffing our faces until we feel sick, let’s just find a nice middle ground. Enjoy a cookie or some hot cocoa, but don’t overindulge. (Easier said than done!)

To be a little less stressed...
Don’t beat yourself up over every little thing: My Christmas light display isn't as my neighbor...My wrapping isn't as pretty as my coworker's...My cookies don't taste as good as my friends...AHH! Stop stressing! Do what you want each Christmas and enjoy yourself for it. If we all stop competing or caring to compete with each other, it will be a calmer, less stressful Christmas for everyone.

To be a little more happy...
Be thankful: Growing up, the best part of Christmas was the gifts. As kids, my sisters and I would spend hours creating our wish lists, dreaming about the cool stuff we would find under the tree. Unfortunately, I think a lot of us have focus on the gifts even as adults–both giving and getting. Instead of placing so much stock into the gifts we have given and received, let’s take the time to be thankful for the things we already own and the relationships we already have with those we’re giving to.

How do you deal with the holiday stress?

4 comments:

  1. Honestly, I just remind myself that Christmas is about family and friends. Years from now they won't remember the gifts you gave. But, they will remember the time you spent together. That's what really matters. :)

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  2. Hi Lauren! I just found your blog and as someone else who is living in AZ, I am happy I did! :)

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  3. YES on the five pounds thinner thing. I'm suddenly realizing how much less I work out now that it's cold (I biked to work all summer and went running fairly consistently) and it's getting my totally down. I keep trying to remind myself that that's NOT what the season is about, though, and to just keep it all balanced.
    xox
    giedre

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