How To Stay Sane This Holiday Season?

Do you remember the opening scenes for the movie “Home Alone”?  Where the whole family is in this one house, and everyone is talking at the same time, and the kids are running around, and food and drinks are being spilled?  Well, that’s my family on holidays.  Except we aren’t as corny as they were in the movie.  I must admit, we’re pretty cool. (smile)

The holidays are always a crazy time, as I’m sure you already know.  The hustle and bustle of everyone running around getting last minute food and gifts, and traveling from one place to another is exhausting!

Here are some tips on how you can stay sane during the holiday season:

1) Just because it’s tradition doesn’t mean it must be done.

What do I mean by that? Here’s an example, if every year you drive across town to visit all of the uncles and cousins and aunts, and then to see the parents and grandparents, if it doesn’t work for this year, communicate that to them so they understand.  Sometimes life changes so fast that traditions may have to change or adjust.  Don’t do more than you can do, exhausting yourself physically, and financially just to fill a tradition.  Allow yourself to enjoy the season.

2) Don’t spend more than you can afford.

Everyone knows the best sales are NOT Black Friday sales.  They are right before Christmas, and shortly after.  If finances are a little tight right now, don’t max out your credit card, or use your rent/mortgage money to buy Christmas presents.  Understandably you want to give, but if you can’t, don’t.  You’ll stress yourself out trying to do for others, and then make ends meet for yourself.

3) Don’t forget to enjoy yourself.

We often get so caught up in the tasks we have to do for the holidays.  This year, take a step back and breathe.  If you don’t get every single thing on your list done, it is absolutely okay.  It is more important for you to keep your sanity during this season.

4) Do enjoy your family and friends.

Sometimes we allow resentments with family members to impact the enjoyable experience we can have during the holidays.  Something to focus on would be asking yourself is this issue really that serious?  Will it even matter a year or two from now? Would it matter if that were the last time you were to see that person?  You never know what curve ball life will bring.  Is that grudge, or your pride that important?

We’d love to hear some of your tips on how you stay sane for the holiday season.

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  1. Love these tips! My fav one is “Don’t spend more than you can afford” So true!!

    1. Nadine

      Hi Carly!
      Thank you! Yes, so many people are struggling as the new years starts because they did more than they could afford.

  2. Love this post!!! All your points are excellent. We tend to stay home during the holidays and it does keeps us sane. We visit during the weekend with family and friends but when it comes to holidays we stay home and simply enjoy ourselves.

    1. Nadine

      Hi Joyce!
      Exactly! What works for you all as a family is what’s best. I had to learn how to stop feeling bad about not being able to please everyone. It was just too much. Kudos to you all!

  3. I need to remember number 1. I’m always trying to cram every single tradition in each year and even add new ones and it gets crazier around here than it needs to be! Thanks for these reminders! All are very important!

    1. Nadine

      Hi Heather,
      Yes, traditions are nice, but stressing ourselves out doesn’t do us any good. Thanks for reading!

  4. Usually we do the ‘traveling across country’ thing for Thanksgiving, but we’re hours away from having a baby, so this year was a low-key time at home. It definitely was different, but in the long run we know it’s what was best for us and ultimately everyone involved. We’ll get to see family in January/February, and although that doesn’t seem ideal now, I’m sure when the time arrives we’ll be glad that everything worked out the way it did 🙂

    1. Nadine

      Hi Susan!
      Oh wow! Yes, please do what’s best for both mom and baby. Congratulations!! Wishing you a safe, healthy, and happy delivery.

  5. Great advice! It always amazes how we forget to just enjoy ourselves and each other during the holidays. 🙂 Hope lots of people read what you have written and take it to heart. Holidays are about family and friends and loving each other.

    1. Nadine

      Hi Jen,
      Couldn’t agree more! Thanks for chiming in!

  6. Thanks for helping me refocus on what’s important.

    1. Nadine

      Hi Bola,
      My pleasure!

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