Be sure to take at least ten minutes a day doing something you enjoy. It doesn’t need to be expensive or complicated, and can be as simple as sneaking off to a quiet place and reading a magazine, meditating, catnapping, or, if you have just a little more time, you can run off and get a quick manicure and pedicure.
When we feel good, it shows, and being well rested helps us handle stressful situations better because we’re more inclined to let the little things we can’t control not get to us.
4. Learn to say no.
You don’t have to attend every party and gathering you’re invited to, give a gift to everyone you run into, or cook or bake something for everyone that asks you. Do what you can and accept the fact that you will not be able to be everything for everybody.
There is no award at the end of the holiday season for the “best person.” Do what you can and be okay with it.
5. Stay organized.
There is nothing worse than trying to figure out where you’re supposed to be and when getting your kids and yourself dressed and then rushing to prepare meals at the last minute.
Map out where you’re supposed to be and give yourself plenty of time to get there. Layout your clothes and your children’s clothes the night before so all you have to do is put them on the day of your gathering. Plan simple meals and prepare as much and as many of them as you can ahead of time.
Written by Christina Steinorth-Powell
Originally Published on Yourtango