Happy Holidays! This time of the year is so special to me and I am getting so excited about all of the festivities to come. I hope you are as well! Although the holidays are a very joyful and exciting time, they can also bring quite a bit of stress with them. This year, I want you to try your best to avoid that stress. That’s why today, I am giving you 5 small ways to limit stress this holiday season because we all know we are going to need it!
Shop in Advance + Online
10/10 recommend shopping in advance. I try to get as much of my holiday shopping done ahead of time because I am so excited about it, but excitement aside, it also helps reduce stress closer to the actual holiday, when your friends and family are wanting to celebrate with you. The week before Christmas is always jam packed with Christmas parties and get togethers. Instead of trying to race around and do it all during that week, shop in advance so that you can get it out of the way and do not have to feel rushed. Ya girl does 90% of her shopping online and it makes a huge difference. Amazon Prime, anyone?
Outsource Tasks, When Possible
If you find yourself stressed when it comes to getting everything done on time, try to outsource tasks. For example, if you are shopping for gifts, preparing meals, and decorating your home, you probably don’t have time to do it all. Instead, try outsourcing a few tasks, such as cleaning your home. Getting a house cleaner for our home was one of the best decisions I ever made. I don’t hate cleaning – I actually enjoy it but let’s be real I don’t have the time to devote to cleaning our new house! Outsourcing some tasks will help you save time and energy while focusing on the things that actually bring you joy. This will definitely help reduce your stress this holiday season!
Stay Off Social Media
Say it again for the people in the back! It is so easy to compare your life to others when you are constantly on social media and for some, this can cause a lot of stress and negative feelings. Unfortunately (but fortunately), social media is a huge part of most everyone’s daily life now. While it can be so beneficial when it comes to staying in touch with friends, sharing highs in your life, keeping your photos in one space, and promoting your business, it can also come with a lot of stress and anxiety for some people, especially during the holiday season. During this time of the year, people are constantly posting about their favorite products and gift ideas. It makes some feel as if they need it all, which is definitely not a healthy mindset at all. When you see people posing with the best shoes, the best makeup, the best clothing, the best cars, etc., it can make you feel as if you not only need it all, but that you do not have any of “the best” items. The comparison game is never healthy, but this time of the year is supposed to be focused around joy and if you are comparing your life to others on social media, you probably aren’t feeling too joyful. As hard as it can be, try putting down your phone and staying off of social media as much as possible. I have been working on staying off of my phone for the first few hours I wake up and before I go to sleep and it’s made all of the difference. This will not only allow you to avoid buying everything in sight, but it will also allow you to really focus on your life while you are in the moment. It will force you to connect with your friends and family, have more fun at events (instead of just staring at a screen), and really focus on the true meaning of Christmas!
Simplify Your Life
Another great way to limit your stress during the holiday season and even into the New Year is by simplifying your life. You do not need it all and you do not need to do it all. Focus on the things that you want to do and learn to say “no” more often. It will only benefit you in the long run! A way to simplify your life within your home is to get rid of the things that you do not need. This is especially beneficial during this season because you are more than likely getting items that will replace the ones that you got rid of. To avoid over cluttering your home, go ahead and clear out space. For example, if your jewelry box is getting full, see what you can get rid of – I bet you have more “junk” than you first assumed. The great thing about getting rid of it is the fact that you can actually make some decent cash off of your items, which can help you with holiday expenses. Are you wondering where you can sell jewelry in Atlanta, GA? Try checking out Chapes-JPL! Located out of Atlanta, GA in the heart of Buckhead, Chapes-JPL has been in business for over 40 years and has over 18,000 clients. They buy valuables outright and also give collateral loans, if you are not ready to completely get rid of your item just yet. A few items that they loan against (or buy) are jewelry, gold, cars, diamonds, handbags, and more. Chapes-JPL lends and pays more than any of their competitors and offer loans as low as $100 and as high as $5 million. If you opt for an asset loan through Chapes-JPL, you can be assured to get one at a low rate and in their private financial offices. Check them out if you are interested in selling your valuables that you consider “junk” because it could actually be a treasure!
Focus On Joy
This season is meant to be a joyful time and we are supposed to be spreading cheer. But, this holiday season does has the potential to get really stressful if you let it get to you. There is just typically so much to do and not a lot of time to get it all done. Not to mention, it is expensive! Between long lines in the mall, preparing for guests, and cooking for hours at a time, it’s easy to get consumed in the tedious tasks that are involved with Christmas, but try your best to look past them and act purposefully – with joy. There are so many joyful things about this season. If you need to, try writing down all of the things you love. Maybe that is spending time with family, wrapping gifts, finding that one special gift for each person in your life (and seeing their face when they open it), watching endless Christmas movies in your most comfortable pair of PJ’s, or eating your favorite dishes. Or, maybe it’s something completely different, such as donating your time at a food bank or handing out blankets to those in need. Whatever it might be, focus on those things – the things that bring you and those around you joy.