Sunday, December 21, 2014

How To Take the Stress Out of the Holidays

When I'm overwhelmed... I pray for God to help me take a step back, look at the big picture, and remember what really is important.

The Christmas season is full of happiness, love, family, and unfortunately for many families is also a time of stress. As we quickly approach Christmas (only 4 day!!!!!) I wanted to share a few helpful ways to  reduce that stress.

Make a Schedule:

This year Seth and I have 7 Christmas celebrations, yes SEVEN! The thought of trying to fit that many get togethers in a few days span was daunting to say the least. We decided the only way to make it work was to make a schedule so we know exactly when we need to be where. Its a simple as this:

Christmas Eve: 
I work: 8:30-12:00
Seth works 11:00-3:00
4:00-6:30ish: Christmas at Seth's Uncle Mark's house
7:00-whenever: Christmas at my Grandma's house

Christmas Day:
9:00: Go to Seth's Mom's house for breakfast
10:00ish: Be at my Mom's house for brunch
2:00 or 3:00: Head over to Seth's Grandpa Hull;s house 
End the day at Seth's Dad's house

It still stinks that we have so many places to go, but it really reduces the stress to have a plan!

Fake it Til You Feel it

"Sometimes you just have to put on lipgloss and pretend to be psyched." -- Mindy Kaling

So you feel super stressed and not so Jolly? Well instead of pouting and making the worst of it, get psyched.  And why wouldn't you trust the advice of Mindy Kaling anyway ;)

Remember What It's All About

Free Printable {Memory Verse Mania}:  Cast all your anxiety on him...I Peter 5:7

This is the most important way to reduce holiday stress. Take time out of the day to get away from all the hustle and bustle and spend time with the creator who it is all about. Take extra time to thank Jesus for who he is and what he has done for you. Pray for the things that are stressing you out and causing you to be uneasy, and trust me he will listen! 

I hope you take time to enjoy your Christmas instead of stressing over the details! Thanks for stopping by friends :) 

Have a blessed day! 

Had to share! Got a rare pic with the hubby ;)

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