“Holidays are Coming! Five Simple Ways to Preplan and Prevent Stress”

Have you ever awakened one day and realized it would Christmas or Chanukah in a few days and you haven’t finished shopping or finalized your holiday dinner menu?  Talk about a stress kettle situation.  I am a firm believer that life happenings can throw off any well made plans, but in general here are five tips to help preplan for a potentially stressful time of year, and make it more enjoyable.

Five Tips to Help Preplan for the Holidays Effectively:

  1. Make a list of relatives, friends and maybe colleagues you want to remember with a gift as early as summer or fall.
  2. Start shopping early.  I love summer craft fairs and, of course, sales.
  3. Create some time at least a few weeks before the holiday to wrap gifts and decorate the house.  Engage family members and/or friends to help if possible, then reward them with a special treat.  In one of my community mental health therapist positions we decorated the tree and waiting room, then enjoyed a pizza.
  4. Decide what main course you may want to prepare, or ask the hostess if you are not going to have the dinner at your house so you can offer to bring a dish to complement it.
  5. Suggest each participant bring a side dish to share, so no one family member/friend has to do it all. 

Preplanning for the holidays can help you anticipate, not dread them and can even let you enjoy the season!


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