If the jolliest time of the year tends to fill you with nothing but dread or just reminds you of your looming financial insecurity, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure you enjoy yourself as much as you can this upcoming holiday season. It can seem like an insurmountable task if you are accustomed to nothing but stress but if you are currently in this position or are worried you may let your anxiety get the better of you this year, continue reading to find out everything you need to know ahead of time.
Take the time to enjoy yourself
It may sound selfish but if you find yourself prioritising the feelings of your loved ones over your own, it may benefit everyone involved for you to take the time to enjoy yourself. It can include scheduling 30 minutes to enjoy an episode of your favourite television show, drink a cup of luxury hot chocolate, soak in the bath, call a friend or family member, or get sweaty by de-stressing on the treadmill. If you are the type of person to relentlessly plow through a to-do list until it is complete, taking the time to enjoy yourself can prevent you from feeling exhausted and, ultimately, being too tired to thoroughly enjoy the big day when it rolls around.
Establish a budget
It is perfectly normal to spend a little more money than usual during the most wonderful time of the year, but if you find yourself scrambling to offset your spending habits in the new year, it may be time to establish a Christmas budget ahead of time. It may seem like an unnecessary step to take but if it allows you to avoid heightened stress levels and, ultimately, enjoy the upcoming holiday season, it is definitely worth trying. If you have a history of poor money management or are struggling to know where to begin, a Christmas budget can allow you to assess your current spending habits and adjust your approach going forward.
Minimise screen time
If you find yourself getting overwhelmed whilst scrolling through your various social media feeds, your body may be providing you with a sign to take a break and minimise screen time. It is, after all, the greatest time of the year to connect with both new and old friends and family members alike and build meaningful relationships that can last a lifetime in the process. This, however, does not necessarily need to include the big screen in the corner of the room with a holiday-themed movie often all it takes to remind you of the important things in life.
Settle for good, not perfect
If you are accustomed to striving for perfection at home, at work, or in every aspect of your life, you are less likely to ever find what you are looking for. It may, therefore, benefit you to settle for good, not perfect when it comes to planning for the upcoming holiday season this year by taking a relaxed approach to decorations, food, and presents. If you are struggling to let go of your former habits, however, it can help to remind yourself of the importance of family and how the holiday season is one of the few times throughout the year where you can truly relax and enjoy the company of friends or family members you may not necessarily get the opportunity to connect with on a regular basis. It may also help to wave goodbye to expensive, outdated, or stress-inducing holiday traditions or rituals that no longer enrich the life of you or your loved ones.
Try to have fun
It can be easier said than done for those that feel plagued by the seemingly happiest time of the year but by letting go and trying to have fun during this upcoming holiday season, you may find yourself forgetting your worries and stresses in a matter of minutes. In order to do so, try taking a breather at regular intervals throughout the day, reminding your family how much they mean to you, adopting tried-and-tested and brand-new traditions, and savouring the moment as it is happening. It is possible to capture memories with a physical camera, but nothing compares to tangible memories of precious time spent with your loved ones.
If you are dreading the upcoming holiday season this year or your finances are preventing you from making the most of your Christmas celebrations, there are a number of steps you can take to simplify the entire process from start to finish. If you require a helping hand, however, it may benefit you, and those around you, to take the time to enjoy yourself, establish a budget, minimise screen time, settle for good, not perfect, and try to have fun.