Whether it’s Christmas, Diwali, Eid, or just the in-laws coming for a week over summer, planning ahead can take the pressure off. There is always so much to do and so little time to get it done. It always seems that the preparation time is way too short and the resultant holiday way too stressful. Hence, we all need another few rest days after the long-awaited holidays are done.
Order essentials ahead of time
One of the best ways to get rid of all the stress associated with shopping and supplies is to order in advance. Regardless of if you are going away or staying at home, there are things that you will need to take if it’s one of the big holidays. Something as simple as ordering and arranging the best Christmas hampers long before the date and before the prices start to peak is one of the greatest examples of how pre-planning will serve to take the pressure off. Well before the time, the hampers and all the gift sets and special treats will have arrived, which will lessen the amount of running around, wrapping, and additional prep that you have to do.
Have a clear budget
Knowing exactly how much you intend to spend and then sticking to this as much as possible is one of the best ways to ensure that there is no financial anxiety experienced post-holiday time. We often focus on the holiday and get everything that we want or believe we should have, only to overspend and regret it after. Having a budget and a list that everyone has seen and approved will go a long way to relieving the stress and preventing any overspending.
Plan some down or alone time
Whether it’s taking a long walk or just spending some time alone in a quiet setting will do you wonders. Remember that the holidays are a time to relax and recharge your batteries and regardless of all the responsibilities and things to do, you too will need to have a break. So, plan some sleep-ins, alone time, and time for you. If it’s been planned and communicated to others, then it will be easier to do, and you’ll all feel much better for it.
Have a few activities planned and booked
A family holiday away or even at home will need a pack of cards or two, a good family movie, or some form of entertainment booked to get you all out and interacting. The longer holidays are great but often result in a form of cabin fever, as families spend too much time together in one space. Plan a few outings, walks, visits to local sights, and above all ensure that you are communicating and enjoying time with one another.
The holidays can be an extremely busy time as we all try to do as much as we can with friends and family. By planning ahead and perhaps sharing these plans with those you are holidaying with, you will be able to do less and have more fun.