In one survey, researchers found that 65 percent of baby boomers and 61 percent of millennials undergo stress during the holidays. It really is the most (wonderful) stressful time of the year. But that doesn’t mean you should be grumpy over the holidays.
Here are some simple ways on how you can reduce the level of holiday-related stress and just enjoy the season.
Delegate holiday dishes
Cooking the Christmas feast is probably one of the most stressful activities during the holidays. And if you’re the one hosting this year, yikes. But don’t worry! There are many ways on how you can reduce the stress levels to a manageable minimum.
First, you can opt to have the Christmas feast catered. But since some people frown upon this trick, the next best thing is to delegate the cooking tasks. Have Aunt May handle the appetizers. Let Aunt Jane bring the side dishes. Allow Aunt Samantha to bring the dessert and Uncle John manage the bar.
This will give you more time to prepare the mains and have a blast doing it too. Make it a potluck instead!
Hire professional decorators
Decorating your home during the holidays is one of the best activities to enjoy, but not when you’re dealing with a massive stress-related headache. So if you don’t want to risk it, hire pro decorators such as Roof to Deck Decoration who can work on your Christmas lights residential display.
This way, you get to enjoy a cocktail while watching the pros do the work.
Say no to some activities
Sledding, caroling, baking Christmas cookies, attending office parties and family reunions – these are just some of the most loved holiday activities to date. But you can really participate in only a handful. Don’t feel guilty about it. It’s always better to say no and say you can’t make it than say yes and be a no-show.
You can’t squeeze yourself into every single holiday event. Just choose and enjoy what you can.
The keyword here is enjoy, and you can’t do that if you’re stressed and grumpy. Don’t be a Grinch. Keep these tips in mind and enjoy the holidays without the stress.