I don’t know if it’s because Thanksgiving was a little later this year, or because it’s just been a tough fall here in the Morrison household, but I feel like I’m totally behind the eight ball when it comes to holiday prep. I am by no means a Maratha Stewart when it comes to my holiday decorating and gift giving, but I at least like to try.
It’s December 11, and the only thing I have done so far to prepare for Christmas is to put some decorations on the mantle and put up the tree. Side note: the tree was in a stand for one week before we finally got around to decorating it! That’s the way we’ve been rolling here as of late.
I am trying to gently remind myself that with three small children, things are not going to be perfect, but sometimes I wish I could just snap my fingers and make it happen! Lately, it’s been enough to get the crap picked up off the floor, so that the cleaning woman can at least vacuum!
Ok, sob story over. Even though I feel woefully unprepared this holiday season, I am going to work hard not to stress over it. Here are five holiday stress busters to help you feel more relaxed—I’m sure you know what at least one of them will be! 🙂
- Go for a run! Sometimes you just need to get out of the situation and clear your head. I ALWAYS feel better after a run. I come back feeling like I can handle what life throws at me, so this is my number one method for busting stress!
- Call a friend and grab a coffee, hot chocolate, or even a glass of wine! Talking it out always helps you feel better, and you will probably find that many of your friends are on the same page!
- Do some online shopping. The retail therapy can be for you, or you can feel better about checking people off your Christmas list. With Amazon Prime, at least you know your gifts will make it there before Christmas! 🙂
- Participate in a community service event/project or make a donation to a holiday charity like Toys for Tots. The holidays are a perfect time to make a difference in someone’s life, who might be having a hard time. Grab that coffee and go to the store to pick out a toy for a needy child or serve a meal at a soup kitchen. I can 100% guarantee it will put you in the holiday spirit and put things in perspective for you!
- Get a manicure, pedicure, or some other kind of pampering—you deserve it! As moms (and Dads!), we wear so many different hats, and it’s exhausting! Sometimes you just need to take a step back and recharge.