“Where has the time gone?” seems to be one of the most common statements spoken at this time of the year. Although we recognise that time is precious, sometimes we get caught up in the busyness of the holiday season that we forget to treat our time as precious.
But having a less busy life isn’t just about freeing up more time for ourselves. It’s about creating a more meaningful life, and making choices that allow us to spend our precious time in the most valuable way for ourselves, our loved ones, and our community. This all contributes to a less stressful Christmas!
Today I share with you some simple ways to use your time more intentionally this holiday season, so that you can create a more meaningful and less stressful Christmas for yourself and your loved ones.
5 Ways To Have A Less Stressful Christmas
- Put more thought into gift purchases
Be more intentional when you are buying gifts for loved ones, by thinking about the person you are buying for. By being more intentional in your gift purchasing, you are also giving the gift of thoughtfulness and care, something that is priceless. Thoughtful gift purchases also reduce the likelihood of the gift ending up in landfill! Being intentional with gift purchasing does require more time and thought- set aside some time well before Christmas. Leaving everything to the last minute leads to a stressful Christmas and a higher chance of impulse shopping.
- Spend quality time with your loved ones
We can often get caught up in the busyness of Christmas that we neglect to set aside time for our own families. By reducing our busyness, we can be more intentional and create time to spend with our loved ones. When we are running around trying to meet the demands of everyone else at this time of the year, we are forgetting to meet the needs of our own children. And we often create busy lives for our children- READ MORE ABOUT THAT HERE. But when we spend quality time with our children, we are not only strengthening family bonds but our stress levels decrease. This contributes to a less stressful Christmas!
- Say no to distractions
December is a busy time for Christmas parties, and you can find yourself quickly filling your calendar with end of year celebrations. But how many of these Christmas parties should you attend? Try to prioritise the events that you decide to attend- the obvious ones would be your workplace and any events with your immediate family and friends. Many clubs or organisations you are associated with may host a Christmas party too, however it may pay to say no to some of these additional distractions. You need to save some time for yourself, which leads to my next tip…
- Don’t forget about “You”!
A hectic holiday season often results in people becoming run down and getting ill at this time of year. Late nights, stress and poor eating habits (and too much booze!) all contribute to a weaker immune system and the possibility of getting sick. Try to make time for yourself each day, even if it is just for 15 minutes. Take a relaxing bath, go for a walk, phone a friend or spend some time cuddling your kids. There needs to be a balance between the time you give to others and the time you have for yourself. If you are giving more of your time to others, there is an imbalance and you will suffer as a result. Parents have been conditioned to feel guilt whenever they make time for themselves- this has to stop!
- Let Go Of Expectations
It’s easy to get caught up in what we think the “perfect” Christmas should look like and be. If we let go of our expectations and spend December living more intentionally and in the present moment, we can learn to spend our time in ways that add value to our lives and those of our loved ones. Just because we have celebrated Christmas a certain way in the past, does not mean that we have to follow the same traditions and expectations if they no longer fit with our current lifestyle. Be honest with yourself: what works well, and what doesn’t work so well? A perfect Christmas is not what you see in magazines or on TV, but it’s what you make it. Don’t strive for perfect, strive for special. For more tips on how to create a less stressful Christmas event, please read HERE.
We can make small changes to the way we approach the holiday season. In doing so, we create a more fulfilling time of year that allows us to focus on the important aspects of the celebration of Christmas. We can create a less stressful Christmas just by making some wiser choices and being selective about the way that we want to approach this time of the year.
We can choose how we spend our time, so let’s be more intentional with our choices.
How are you intentional with your time at Christmas? What are some ways that you are creating a more meaningful celebration this holiday season? Please share!