The holiday season can be stressful and people spend so much time shopping, cooking, creating, entertaining and visiting they forget to take care of themselves. Holidays are great but they can sometimes be overwhelming unless you do two things.
1.) Stay focused on each task: One of the best ways to get through a trying day getting everything ready is to focus on each task without thinking about the long list of tasks that need to be completed. The minute you start thinking about all the tasks you have to complete the stress level will rise.
If we always thought about how much work we must do to get a degree, lose weight or anything else you wouldn't think it is worth it. Yet by focusing on enjoying each task and living in the present you can enjoy each moment. With luck you can look over the whole day and say you enjoyed it.
2.) Minimize the tasks: The holidays are about spending time with family and friends. We often start out thinking all of these things need to be completed but the reality is that they don't. Holidays are supposed to be simple so it is better to focus on what is required versus what would be nice.
Sometimes we spend a lot of time working on things we don't need to. By minimizing those tasks, starting a few days earlier, or asking others for help we are likely to make things a lot easier on ourselves.