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Do you find the holiday season super stressful? This can be true for a lot of us, especially if you’re taking on a lot of responsibility for planning everything. 

It can be super helpful to take a step back and remember what the holiday season is really about. These days, it can feel as though it’s all about holiday gifts, celebrations and having a “perfect” time but try looking at it from a love and joy perspective again. When you view the holiday season as a chance to spend quality time with family and friends, it puts a whole new spin on things and is far less stressful. 

If you’re usually responsible for organizing everything over the holidays, it’s time to put your foot down and ask for some help. Getting other people involved can take a lot of the pressure off. Delegating tasks to family, friends or colleagues (depending on the situation) helps to get everyone included in the planning and delivery aspects and ensures that it’s well organized, without you having to take the lead on every little bit of it. If you’re hosting a holiday party, you can ask guests to bring their own dish or dessert to ease the stress of cooking. Don’t forget to delegate the aftermath too and get everyone involved in washing up. As well as easing your stress levels, working together as a team can help you to build a stronger bond too. 

When it comes to planning, starting early can make a lot of different. Last minute preparations make for a very stressful holiday season so the earlier you get moving with it, the better. For example, make a list of everything you’ll need for the holidays and plan your trip to the grocery store for a time when it won’t be as chaotic. If you know everything is in hand well in advance, you can enjoy the holidays much more!

When it comes to holiday events, don’t feel that you need to accept every invitation that comes your way, especially if you know it will leave you frazzled and stressed.