Holiday Tips for your most successful Christmas yet!
Updated: Dec 15, 2018
Would you like to feel relaxed, calm and prepared ahead of the holidays? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to spend this festive season being true to yourself so you can experience the happiness and peace associated with this time of year? Read on for some tips on how you can help yourself have your most successful Christmas yet!
The joy of this time of year is often overshadowed by to do lists nearly as long as Santa’s good list! Obligations that we feel we should be fulfilling and our regular schedules are thrown out the window as we endeavour to get to Christmas parties, cookie swaps, breakfasts with Santa, carol singing events and so much more alongside our already busy lives.
Before we rush straight into this final run up to Christmas I have been thinking of ways to help make this holiday season into the one that you need it to be! Here are a few things to think about: (when you get a minute!)
Perfection is not necessary!
Don’t strive for perfection. If the preparations, last minute shopping trips and striving to please others are stressing you out, then it’s not your perfect Christmas! Take a moment to work out what your ideal Christmas looks like.
What do you value at Christmas?
Spending a short time making a list of your values specifically in relation to the holidays can be a really enlightening and useful exercise. By doing this you will be able to see what is is important for you to keep in mind when planning the holidays and making decisions of how it will all work.
Some examples of values for the holidays that you may relate to could include:
Tradition, Pleasure, Practicality, Money, Loyalty, Love, Inner peace, Harmony, Gratitude, Fun, Freedom, Friendship, Family, Faith, Joy, Communication, Calmness, Stability, Relaxation.
How does your list of values fit with what you plan to do? Are there any adaptations that you could make so you protect some of your values?
For example if you rate being at home and feeling relaxed as your most important values for a successful Christmas, how will travelling over 5 hours in the car with restless children to stay with relatives satisfy your values and beliefs?
Very often when things don’t turn out the way we want them to be, it is because we are not upholding the values which are key to us being who we are and hence being happy. There can be a great sense of duty and tradition over the holidays which can colour our decisions so we choose to do things we feel like we should do rather than want to do!
If the scale of organising the holidays is daunting remind yourself how many times you have done Christmas before, how much you enjoyed it and that it was a success! By providing yourself with evidence of past great holidays seasons you will gain confidence to tackle this one.
Long to do lists
Try not to focus on everything at once. By dealing with one task at a time you will have a less cluttered mind so you can focus on your key priorities. Set aside time in your schedule for specific tasks. By giving each job your clear attention you will benefit from more clarity. Start prioritising right now!
Get out and exercise (yes, that’s right!)
It may seem like a frivolous use of your already limited time but getting out to exercise, even if it’s just a walk around the neighbourhood or park will allow you to feel calmer and grounded, which in turn will make you more effective overall. Self care is vital so you can be fully immersed in the holiday fun and emerge out the other side still feeling sane!
Have the best possible time
So look after yourself, assess if your planned Christmas aligns with your values and if not see what adaptations can be made. Concentrate on one job at a time to keep it manageable and have that feeling of being in control.
Most of all remember that this time of year is about doing what makes you happy.