Whew, this time of year has snuck upon us. It is the season of giving, parties, family gatherings, fun with friends, time off, and yummy treats. It is also the season for family discord, financial strain, and extended responsibilities to do things that you really don't want to do. Its At Home for the Holidays!
Don't feel singled out, we all have something we could do without during the holidays. Here are 5 simple tips to stay sane during this holiday season:
1. Set a budget. Not overspending alone can help you stay sane. Create a budget and stick to it. Your future self and family will than you for it in the end. Surround yourself and your family with experiences not with material things. Build a stronger family by having some money in the bank after the holidays.
2. Be grateful. Many people are sad around the holidays because they do not have family. Many don't have money to get gifts for their loved ones, especially their children. So if you have family and friends to spend your time with and you are able to give and/or receive gifts. Your blessed. Bottom line, be grateful.
3. Be Intentional. Make memories by making time. Take time for your spouse such as cuddling up in front of the fireplace. Make time for your kids to bake cookies and create holiday crafts. Go ice skating or to a holiday party together. Try to keep peace and nip things in the bud when necessary Sometimes, the season is what YOU make it. Make it Amazing!!
4. Keep tradition. There are some traditions you may want to forget (like eating fruit cake) and then there are some that you couldn't see this season without. In my household, its having a watching the Polar Express together and eating Voortman Festive cookies. My best friend and I bake treats the night before Christmas Eve every year, with music, Pinterest recipes, and wine! It just isn't the same without these moments.
5. Set the mood. I know some of the Christmas music that has been playing since Halloween is "played out", but you have to set the mood. Play songs that are positive, even if they aren't necessarily Christmas songs. Put out a snow globe. Light some candles. Just do something "different" to help you to feel "different" this season. Again, its what YOU make it.
*Disclaimer: Although I am a mental health professional, the information in this article is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Please consult a professional for treatment of any clinical mental illness. Do not take advice on Positive Steps10, LLC website as professional advice for you and your situation without formal consultation as such with a PS10, LLC professional with a contract for services.
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