Have You Set Yourself Up for Increased Holiday Stress?
When the holidays roll around, do you find yourself plagued with anxiety? There are so many things to do – so many expenses to plan for – and you’re sitting there feeling overwhelmed in an instant.
Sometimes, we like to think this all just crept up on us suddenly, but the reality of it is – we set ourselves up for these moments. Once we recognize it and learn to manage our lives better, the situation becomes bearable and we can function properly once again.
Let’s look at some ways we sometimes do this to ourselves and see how you can remedy the situation this year, and prevent it for years to come.
Did you make a gift giving list that rivals Santa’s? Having to buy presents for everyone can be a daunting task. You may have started out simply exchanging gifts with your spouse.
Before you knew it, there were kids to buy for, you were buying for in-laws and parents, aunts, uncles and cousin, classmates, bosses, co-workers and more! It’s an incredible amount of stress – not just for you, but for your recipients, too.
Whenever you send a gift to someone, they feel obligated to send something back to you. It becomes a vicious cycle that nobody looks forward to. Tack shipping fees onto the presents for out of town relatives and it’s an even bigger expense.
Did you over-extend the invitations? You may have been happily planning your holiday season, looking at dinner party ideas and dÈcor on Pinterest – and before you know it, you’d invited too big of a brood to your place for the holidays.
Meals of this size can cost a pretty penny – not to mention they take a toll on you in shopping, preparation and serving. If there’s no way to get out of it, try enlisting the help of others (family and friends) to see if they can pitch in and take some of the burden off of you.
Did you commit to more than you could feasibly pay for? Sometimes, we agree to fly out to see relatives for Thanksgiving, for example – and forget that it’s going to cost a pretty penny for a family of four to buy airfare. This is a situation where you can come clean and admit to relatives that it’s going to have to wait.
Did you forget that the holidays are meant for relaxing? This is something many people tend to push aside, but try to take some time for yourself where there’s no work, no carpool for school – just you, your loved ones, and some peacefulness.
Solve whatever issues you can, and let go of the rest. If you need help with the financial part, check out the Extra Holiday Cash course. It’s chock full of great ideas to help you make money quickly that you can spend on your upcoming seasonal needs!