Markus and I enjoy Christmas. It is probably our favorite holiday. However, as fun as it is, the season tends to get crazy busy with preparations, projects, and socializing that it can also be draining. Do you agree?
So before things peak this year, here are five simple tips on how to approach Christmas in a more mindful and intentional way to stress less and enjoy more. Because we all deserve better!
1. Celebrate mindfully.
How are you going to adapt following COVID-19 restrictions? Will you have guests over? Are you attending Christmas parties? How will you shop? These are important questions to consider. Do not just dive headfirst. A safe Christmas will create the happiest holidays.
2. Make a list.
We are big fans of lists because they streamline and simplify everything. They are particularly good for me because I am easily overwhelmed and forgetful sometimes! Markus is an infinite balm, I can tell you that.
Helpful lists to write include tasks for winterizing your home, scheduling calls with your family and friends, and shopping for presents, Christmas meal, and decorations. Lists are simple enough but they are life-changing.
3. Set up a Christmas budget.
When I was younger, I have experienced starting a new year broke because I spent all my money over the holidays. I was never in debt, but still, it would have been nicer not to empty my bank account.
Since then, I have learned to put together a Christmas budget. I identify my projected expenses and save up for the total months in advance. It is less stressful and more attainable.
Bonus tip: Show some discipline when shopping. I find that instead of getting gifts for my family and friends, I end up looking for stuff that I would like! Stay focused and only get what you need.
4. Think about what you are buying.
Shopping early is great, not just because there is time to look for deals, but also because there is space to be more discerning about our purchases.
Whenever possible, let us buy local, support small businesses, and make sustainable and green choices.
It is really not hard because there are plenty of adorable and useful environmentally friendly products out there. Even better, we can make presents – food, candles, soaps, and body scrubs, and plants all make lovely gifts!
5. Have non-negotiables.
Due to coronavirus restrictions, there is a big chance the holidays will not be as crazy this year, but who knows how it will play out? What matters is that we always set our priorities and take time to take care of ourselves.
Think about what is most important to you and set it as a non-negotiable. For example, no matter how crazy it gets, I would always practice yoga and take time for my relationships every day. This is non-negotiable. Focusing on what matters will help us stay grounded and definitely stress less this season.
Are you excited for the holidays? How are your preparations going? Please share other tips you are practicing for a healthier and more mindful holiday. We always learn something new from all of you. Thank you!