I’m going to start off with my BEST TIP because I know how busy you are and you might not have time to read this whole post…
Tip #1 – Have FUN!!!
Ok, so first step: See the movie “A Bad Mom’s Christmas”. Haha! I’m kind of kidding, but not really. 🙂 Have FUN with EVERYTHING you do this Christmas! It seriously is ONLY stressful if you let it be.
- Lower your expectations,
- Only do the things that you and your family enjoy doing and
- Let the rest go.
If getting gift cards for people saves you time, energy and a TON of stress, then do it! They’ll still be thankful for it! And if they’re not, well there probably is no pleasing them anyway, so that’s THIER problem.
Tip #2 – Keeping Finances in Check
The holidays can get to be suuuuper expensive and no one wants a credit card bill in January that is through the roof. Financial stress from Christmas shopping and grocery bills can linger on all throughout the year, so here are my best tips on how to combat that:
- Have a budget and stick to it.
- Figure out meals that are cheaper to make and still delicious (Tacos, Spaghetti, Egg Bakes).
- If you can figure out a meaningful gift to give to someone that is inexpensive, leave it at that – don’t feel like you HAVE to spend $X.XX on someone just because that’s the “norm”.
- Eat a meal before you go shopping for presents – this is going to save you a TON of money.
- Just think about this example: You go shopping 5 times – twice with your kids & three times by yourself. You eat at a restaurant each time. The times with your kids cost $30 and the times by yourself cost $10. That’s $90 that you’re spending at restaurants!
Tip #3 – Eating for ENERGY!
Speaking of eating… No doubt you’re going to be really busy around the holidays. Between shopping, decorating the house, making cookies with the kids, watching fun Christmas movies… you’re going to have WAY more going on in a day than you usually do. In order to have enough sustained energy throughout the day, it’s really important that you fuel your body up with nutrients.
- Eat a well rounded breakfast – meaning not just protein and carbs, but having healthy fats with it too (avocado, nuts, seeds) is going to set your day up for success right off the bat.
- For lunch, leaving your desk and really enjoying the food you’re eating (mindful eating) helps you to feel more satisfied and can help you not crave the sugar in the afternoon.
- If you work in an office where there are treats in the lunchroom for ALLLL of December, stay out of the lunchroom as much as you can.
- Before you put that food in your mouth, think about how you’re going to feel after eating it. Is it going to make you feel tired, brain foggy and crappy? Or is it going to make you feel clear headed and ready to take on the rest of the day?
- When you’re going to a party or a family get-together, read this blog post for great tips on that too!
Tip #4 – Shake Your Booty!
Haha! Not really, but kind of! You can do any kind of exercise, but dancing is my favorite. Getting your body moving, getting your heart rate up and your endorphins kicking in is SUCH a huge stress reliever!
- If you’re brand new to fitness and you don’t have anything at home, follow these 2 steps:
- Crank up your favorite song and dance ALL the way through it. And then once you experience how awesome that makes you feel…
- Hit me up and I can hook you up with some free fitness options that are really fun and effective!
- If you’re a seasoned fitness chick like I have become, then KEEP your body moving all throughout the holidays.
- Don’t let busyness get in your way.
- You KNOW how amazing you feel after a workout, so it’s totally worth prioritizing it and gettin’ it DONE!
- If you need an accountability partner, hit me up and I would love to help you stay on track!
Tip #5 – Stay Organized
Staying organized can REALLY help with your sanity!
- Keep a list on your phone of gift ideas. I have an app on my phone called Cozi, so I create lists in that app for everyone I need to buy presents for. You could also use the Notes section on your phone if you’d rather do it that way.
- Create a spreadsheet in Google Sheets where you can have the following columns:
- Gift Ideas
- Amount Spent
- Amount left in the budget to spend
- The benefit of having it in Google Sheets is that you can access your spreadsheet from your computer or from your phone. So you can update it right after you get back in the car after shopping & see where you’re at with your budget.
- Stay on the same page with your husband. It alleviates stress all throughout the year, but this is a really important one around the holidays when you’ve got so much going on.
- Keep your family calendar up to date with all Christmas parties, family get-togethers and anything else that’s going on.
- Share that spreadsheet you created with your husband so that you’re on the same page with spending. Keeping financial secrets from each other is only going to create WAY more stress later on.
Tip #6 – How to Party!
If you’re going to parties, check out this blog post for my Top Tips on how to stay on track when it comes to holiday parties!
What do you think? Are these tips helpful? Feel free to share this post with your friends! Cheers to less stressed out Mamas, right?! 🙂
I hope you ALL enjoy your holidays!!!
~ Lacey Busse ~
Health & Fitness Coach