Exhausted Woman Shopping

The holiday season is upon us. It’s a time of joy, laughter, parties, and giving. It’s also a time of crowded malls, long lines at the post office, and rushing from one event to the next. Everyone is already dealing with daily stress from jobs, children, and responsibilities around the house. These are the stressors that people ignore or push down. After all, that’s life and it comes with the territory, right?

The truth is that it is still stress. Stress affects your health, and the holidays add more. You can reduce holiday stress many ways. Here are some examples:

  • Start early: Get ahead of the crowd. If you haven't started, review your holiday card list and get them done now. Do you have enough cards and postage? Stores have already started discounting cards. You may get some great deals. Visit the post office now. The closer it gets to Christmas, the longer the lines will be, and it will take more time to get stamps. Shop on Tuesdays and Wednesdays instead of waiting for the weekend. Parking spaces are plentiful and there is room in the stores to see the merchandise because there aren't as many shoppers.
  • Review your supplies: Some people don't like wrapping gifts and others love it. But it's no fun if you run out of tape, ribbon, or paper. Make sure you have everything you will need to wrap all of your gifts before you start.
  • Relax: Make sure to take time for yourself and get enough rest. This the season of good will and thinking about others, but you won't be in the holiday mood if you are drained.
  • Get help: Everthing is easier when you have the right help. The right help comes from someone you can trust to complete the task with the same care and attention to detail as you. It can be a family member or friend. Working with someone makes it more fun and helps you get finished quicker.
  • Hire someone: If you need more hands, hire someone to help. There are services that handle the details of your holiday season from the simple task of preparing your holiday cards to helping you find the perfect gifts. They can even help you plan your holiday party or arrange accomodation for your out of town guests. This can free you up to have quality time with family and friends versus being tired from all the work you did to make the holiday memorable.

Gigi Ford is the founder of Relax My Life, LLC, a concierge and lifestyle management company on the Virginia Peninsula. To read more articles, visit her blog.