The holidays are a time of family, love, celebration… Well, that’s what it’s supposed to be anyway. Sometimes the stress of getting the house ready for visitors and checking everyone off your gift list can be a lot—that’s okay and also totally normal. So how do you get back into the spirit of the season and avoid the holiday funk? We’ve rounded up our top tips below:
Set Realistic Expectations
You can’t do it all, and that’s totally okay. If you’re not a gourmet chef, maybe a six-course Thanksgiving meal shouldn’t be on the menu. If you’re not into interior design and have kids that make a mess, why should your house be dressed to the nines? There’s no right way to do the holidays, there’s only your way.
Stick to Your Schedule…
Whether you’re traveling or hosting, it’s easy to neglect your daily schedule. Our advice? Don’t. We fully support relaxing (hello, extra slice of cake and reality television), but if you feel all out of whack when you miss your morning meditation, then make sure that no matter what, your self-care remains an absolute priority.
…But See if You Can Plan Ahead
The greatest example of this? Doing your holiday shopping in advance! Build your gifting list in advance and see how soon after Thanksgiving (hint, Black Friday, hint) you can cross them off your list. Trust us, taking this stuff bit-by-bit means you don’t have do the Christmas Eve rush or feel guilty because you forgot someone.
What this season comes down to isn’t gifts or food—it’s people. And when we say people, we don’t mean impressing them or going above and beyond. It just means loving them, however you do and can.