A Stress Free Christmas

Christmas Stress‘Twas a week till Christmas, and all the presents are finally wrapped! Yep, you heard right, I’m done. After a long month, Josh and I finished buying our last few presents this afternoon and got them all wrapped tonight! Okay I lied a little bit… We still haven’t wrapped my little brothers present, but that’s because he’s been with us all night.

We went to good ole Walmart and got presents for his aunt, my grandpa and grandma, and his sister. Then we bought some wrapping paper and name tags. And we decided we are going to go get all the cards for everyone later this week, since we’re about out of money!

I don’t know how much I’ll be posting for this next week since I have so much going on, unfortunately. Tomorrow morning, I have an interview at a local office supply store (which I’m REALLY excited about). I’ve never had an actual steady job before now!

Christmas is going to drive me crazy! Until then, I have to help my Grandma finish painting her garden gnomes she’s giving as gifts. And when the time rolls around, Christmas Eve will be spent with my moms side of the family. After that, Christmas morning, we leave for his grandmothers house (over an hour away) for the day. And finally, after we finish gifts and whatnot, we will head over to my grandmas on my dads side to spend the evening.

On top of everything, this three day span will probably ruin my diet. No, it won’t. I won’t let it. I do not want to start over. Phew. It’s exhausting just thinking about it.

Alright, back to the main reason you’re reading this–another one of my lists! ๐Ÿ™‚ I know you all love them. These are some ways to deal with the stress of the holidays, whether you’re traveling ten hours, or staying at home. I know what you’re thinking, this is a weight loss blog, why am I talking about Christmas? Well, for one, I love Christmas. Two, being stressed out can cause weight gain by itself; it can also cause you to eat more (and we know what happens then).

  1. BREATHE. This might seem like common sense, but a lot of people don’t give themselves time to sit down, relax, and have a cup of hot coco. Co-workers and friends won’t be upset if you can’t make it to every event they have over the holidays. It’s okay to say no and have some “you” time.ย And that also goes for the people you invite to gatherings–don’t get upset if they can’t join you.
  2. It might be a little late for some, but I know people who still have gifts to buy! So, if that’s you, check out my December Saving Tips I posted awhile ago. There are useful tips on buying presents, energy bills, and other helpful ways to save.
  3. Avoid arguements. I’m sure most people have someone in their family that they don’t always get along with. Don’t stress about seeing this person. Dodge touchy subjects with them. And if they start getting riled up, try calming them down with the “it’s no big deal” strategy. If you don’t say anything back, they’ll let it go.
  4. Take off work. Some people only have two days off during the holidays. Ask for a couple more days or maybe even a week! If you don’t ask, it won’t happen. So, what’s the harm in trying?
  5. Last, but not least, be realistic. We all think (well, want) this Christmas to be the best yet! We think it will be that way every year when the holiday season rolls around. Plan everything out. Get all your presents early. Send cards early. This is all included here. Don’t expect so much that you know you’ll be let down.

If you have any tips, please share below! ๐Ÿ™‚

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