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3 Easy Ways To Keep Your Sanity During The Holidays

by Nellie

3 Easy Ways To Keep Your Sanity During The Holidays

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How are y’all doing this holiday season?
The holidays are always such an insane time. It’s a really happy time full of family and celebration but it can also turn into a really crazy time that is full of end of year deadlines.SAMSUNG CSC
For example: I haven’t bought not even one gift. Partly because I have been so busy but really because I don’t want “getting gifts” to be the focus of my holiday season. There are certain folks I have to get gifts for like my sons teachers/bus drivers/day care providers  etc. In general I don’t like gift shopping. It gives me heart palpitations and that’s why I will wait till the very last minute to get anything if at all. This type of stress is unique to the holiday season only. No Bueno.
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Then there is the holiday happy like an evening candy cane, or watching your three year old on his yippie toes determined to place that ornament on that special tree branch. Or watching your kids faces light up when they see the most beautiful house in the neighborhood all decorated for Christmas.
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These emotions are not only plentiful but they can become really intense as well. Here are

3 Easy Ways To Keep Your Sanity During The Holidays

1) Go For A Walk: seriously. The holidays sometimes tend to bring out a rush rush rush mentality. Rush to the sales, rush to get that special tree, rush to everything. Taking a 20 minute walk in fresh air can really slow things down and be really relaxing.
2) Make a Grateful For List: With all the insanity happening in the world, I have found it super therapeutic to write down what I’m thankful for. It is such a great exercise to thank the universe for what they have blessed you with.
3) Get a manicure/get your hair done/do something special for yourself: the holidays can run is ragged, between holiday parties and gift giving we have to make sure we are taking time to care for our appearance as well. One thing I love about doing my hair/nails is that it forces me to to stop and just let someone else care for me for a second.
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What would you add to the list? Have you done your holiday shopping yet?

 

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7 comments

Janine HulDie December 17, 2015 - 6:33 am

My shopping is just about done, but now I need to wrap presents, which I hate todo and causes me stress more than shopping does to be honest. So will have to take your advice now. Thanks Nellie 😉

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kita December 17, 2015 - 10:14 pm

I was done during tax free weekend that we had in August. I went on and knocked it out. Each child has one big present and then 2 small items and that’s it.

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Meg December 19, 2015 - 1:41 pm

I did all my shopping online this year, used a lot of loyalty points to get discounts too. Its the first year i have been so organised and it feels weird.

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Tamara December 20, 2015 - 9:58 am

I do most of it online. It’s always weird for me, though.
And seeing my kids faces is what keeps me inspired for sure. I will do all three of your tips today!

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Nicole December 21, 2015 - 11:02 pm

I actually love holiday shopping and coming up with creative gifts for loved ones – BUT, I do 95% of it online only. That way I don’t have to trek through crowded stores and instead can buy gifts while in pajamas lounging on my couch. 🙂

I would add getting enough sleep to this list. As soon as I get overtired, my ability to deal with holiday stress, traveling, etc. drastically decreases. Being well rested makes all the difference in the world!

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Elle December 23, 2015 - 2:42 am

I love #2 on your list. It’s good to be conscious of what amazing things we have around us at all times. It’s too easy to get stressed and caught up in unimportant things when we should really be taking a step back to count all the blessings we already have. I wish more people did it more often. I think it’d really help people calm down and enjoy life!

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Leslie January 4, 2016 - 8:35 pm

The holidays can be so stressful. These are great tips to help stay calm and collected. Wish I’d read them earlier, actually!

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