Though the holiday season can bring about feelings of cheer and togetherness, it can also be a big cause of stress. The planning, the traveling, the gift buying — sometimes the holidays can feel more overwhelming than joyful.
This is a busy time of year for all of us at Jiffy Steamer, too. Our American-made clothes steamers make the perfect gift, so we've got to get lots of Jiffy's in the mail! Still, we're making an effort to stay present, even amidst the hustle and bustle. Before you get knee deep in holiday preparations, try some of these techniques to keep calm and holiday on!
You've got school programs for the kids. Decorating the house. A Secret Santa exchange with friends. The cleaning and cooking. Not to mention, everything that comes with traveling if you're heading out of town.
Make a list of everything you need to do for the holidays. Whether it's in your phone, in a notebook, or somewhere else, this process is key to not forgetting tasks, which can only further increase your stress level. Prioritize the things that need to get done first, add deadlines, and learn how to say "no" to tasks that crop up that you simply don't have the time or energy for.
Divvy Up Tasks
No one succeeds alone! Get the whole family involved in your holiday preparations as well as the daily items that need to get done. Whether running out for last-minute errands, doing some hard surface cleaning, or throwing together a quick dinner, anyone is capable of helping out when the task list gets too long.
For holiday-specific preparations, if someone offers to make a dish or set the table or help clean up, let them! Accept offers for assistance. You may even find tasks that were once overwhelming are now enjoyable when you have the bandwidth for them.
Make Time for Fun
Take a look at that to-do list you created. Is there anything on it that brings you joy or relaxes you? No? You should add space each day to do things that you love. Read a book. Have hot chocolate with a friend. Build a snowman. Don't let the holiday season pass you by without taking time to enjoy all the festivities!
Need ideas? Check out this fun winter activities checklist. Remember: this time is meant for things that aren't on your regular to-do list — have fun with it!
Embrace the Holiday Season
Things don't always go to plan. But if you're able to be flexible and accept any snags in your plans, you'll be able to have enjoy this season and all of its activities so much more. If your days feel hectic, take a second and remember what brings you joy and what the holidays are for. Enjoy time spent with those you love. Feel grateful for the things you have. Look forward to the new adventures ahead.
One final tip - if you're struggling to come up with gift ideas, make shopping easy on yourself: the best garment steamer on the market is sure to please any family member or friend! You can find out where to buy a steamer near you or shop our clothes steamers online today. Happy Holidays!