Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Top Three-Hints to Stay Stress-Free over the Holidays

Happy Tuesday, Ladies!!

With Christmas and the New Year quickly approaching, many of us can get overwhelmed, exhausted, and just feel like....


Sometimes we don't even know where to start in order to get it ALL done in time.  Don't worry...I'm here to help.  I have a couple helpful hints to help you stay STRESS-FREE this Christmas season!

#1 Say No

Over the holidays, you HAVE to say "No" to some things.  There's no way to see everything, do everything, and be everywhere you want to be.  You'll end up looking like a frazzled mess way before Christmas.  And nobody has time for that.  It's okay to say no.  Figure out what's a priority for your family.  Make those things happen and don't worry about not making it to everything.

The year Bowen arrived (November 27th, 2012) I was a bit of a hot mess.  I tried my best to juggle a newborn baby with a two and three year old at home as well as a husband who traveled all football season long.  We made plans to get out and do some festive things before Christmas was here, but you know what this hormonal Mama forgot?  SANTA!  We completely forgot to visit Santa that year and you know what?  It didn't kill us!  I'm a little bummed we didn't get a cute picture of three-week-old baby Bowen in his lap, but it's a small thing.  And I can't sweat it.  

Some things just won't happen during the holidays and that's okay. 



#2  Game Plan

As silly as it sounds I plan everything now.  I keep notes on my phone where I write down all the gifts we're buying and the ones we've already bought.  I keep notes about our budget to make sure I'm not going overboard on presents. 

I write the outings and activities we want to do to celebrate Christmas.  I also plan that out by trying to spread those out over the month.  As long as you have a plan, you can make anything happen and it's not so stressful.  You know what's headed and you have a GAME PLAN!!



#3 Remember the REAL Reason

As cliche as it sounds, remember why you're celebrating in the first place.  Did us missing Santa in 2012 keep us from celebrating the birth of Jesus?  Absolutely not.  So, I'm not sweating it.  Will missing a Christmas party stop your family from celebrating your Savior's birth?  Absolutely not.  It's important ALL season long to remember the REAL reason we're celebrating Christmas.  Not to buy our kids presents.  Not to get that golf cart you've been wanting (I'm talking to myself here.).  Not to buy the perfect dress for the Christmas party.  The true meaning of Christmas is about celebrating the birth of our Savior.  

Keeping that priority in check will help the rest of our busy season run smoothly.



What about you??  What do you do to make sure you stay STRESS-FREE over the holidays?  Tomorrow I have some gift guides headed your way-for the CHILDREN in our lives!  If you're looking for a last minute gift, stay tuned!  :)

13 comments:

adrienne chyba said...

Such an accurate and spot on post, Erika! It's so important to slow down and remember the REAL reason we celebrate. Hope y'all have a merry CHRISTmas! :)

Mix and Match Mama said...

Yes! Yes! Yes! I love every single point. Thank you for the reminder friend! xo

Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said...

Good reminders here!

Narci said...

Great ideas!! Xo

kimm atwood said...

Great reminders. I was feeling a bit overwhelmed this year with just having moved and having family so far away. We are a week from Christmas and in not even half way done shopping, but surprisingly I am not stressing about it. I know everything will get done! For the first time in a long time I am really just enjoying the season !!!

Leigh (Balancing By Faith) said...

#3 gives me chills!! I LOVE the season - the gifts, the food, the friends, the fun....but take it all and give me Jesus!! May I disciple my kids in a way that they know the truth of this season!

She's a big star said...

I'm a list girl so # 2 is an absolute must for me too... and it helps SO much! I don't function well when I'm feeling disorganized so if I didn't have a game plan, things wouldn't be pretty! ;)

Kara said...

Love all the points you made! It's so hard to just stop this time of year!

Megan said...

Love the tips!!!! This year has been really relaxed and chill for us and I am loving it!!!

KW0410 said...

YES! #1 SPOKE to me!!!! I can't seem to say no and feel overwhelmed every day lately feeling like I am behind in my shopping and the crafts I am making the people who are dear to me! I need to start saying NO and this starts NOW!

Kelsey @ The Peacock Roost said...

These are great reminders! It's so important to remember the real reason for the season!
Kelsey
www.thepeacockroost.com

Elise @ Cheers Yall said...

Well said, sweet friend! Amen! xx

Hanna said...

Yes!! I always struggle with #2... I HIGHLY recommend The Christmas List app! It's been a life safer for me this Christmas! It helps me keep track of what I've bought, what I've ordered online, what each gift costs and much more! It's a great way to keep on budget, not forget anything or anyone and keep everything organized! Such a great app!!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-christmas-list/id340779800?mt=8

But I definitely agree... at the bottom of it all #3 is absolutely the most important!