Get into the holiday spirit with these helpful tips.
Downsize, especially in this economy.
If you’re buying a gift for every sibling, aunt, uncle and in-law, set a price limit or draw names and buy for just one person.
Schedule a holiday dinner with friends and don’t give gifts. Focus on enjoying one another’s time.
Spread out Santa’s work.
Enlist the help of your spouse and kids in holiday preparations. Give the kids gifts to wrap, get their help making the cookies. This is a way to pass down those holiday recipes to the kids.
Don’t be the only one doing the shopping and give out a list to your spouse. You husband needs to share in the gift buying and then he will know what has been bought too.
Don’t decorate alone. Schedule a family decorating day this is all about relieving stress. Sharing the holiday chores will help.
Coordinating holiday activities is overwhelming.
You can’t do everything. Prioritize your events. Post a calendar so everyone knows time and place.
This sounds simple, but making a list of who you need to shop for, how much you want to spend and gift ideas will eliminate a lot of stress and extra trips to the store.
Buy some generic gifts to have on hand, like candles or gift cards, for any spur-of-the-moment gifts.
Just say no.
You don’t have to do everything and attend every function. Be gracious when you decline. In the end you won’t be overwhelmed.
Seek Good Counsel.
The pressures everyone faces during the holiday season can magnify existing mental health problems that may be controllable otherwise.
If you are experiencing more than the holiday blues, or think you may be depressed, take control of your mental health by seeking counseling.
Frank J Walker LMFT
1617 Main Street
Cambria, Ca. 93428
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