Let’s be honest. The holidays can be emotionally and physically taxing. But don’t let stress ruin your holiday! Here are my thoughts on getting your chill on.
Don’t Let Stress Ruin Your Holiday
I am a very high-strung person. In my eyes everything about the holidays needs to be just right. I get shook if we don’t arrive at destinations at least five minutes early. On the other hand, but husband is very laid back, and ALWAYS late. So needless to say, my stress levels get very high this time of year.
However, the older I get, the more I learn that the holidays aren’t any fun when you’re under pressure. So how do I calm down?
Let it Go
Umm, yeah so I totally hear Elsa singing that in my head. But in all honesty, it’s true. Let it go. Perfection is a myth. Nothing about the holidays will ever be perfect. You can’t control everything. The weather has a mind of its own. Kids are going to make a mess. Husbands (or wives) are going to be late. It is what it is. You don’t have to kill yourself to give your family the best holiday. They’ll enjoy it much more if you relax and take time to enjoy it with them.
Christmas baking. Who has time for it? I used to stress about making all of my family’s handed down cookie recipes. I just don’t have time for that. Now I buy the mixes, and the only recipe I make from scratch is the sugar cookies from my great great gram because that one is a resounding favorite in the family.
I also start my baking in October, and freeze it all. That way I can make one kind of cookies, muffins, or bread, and slap it in the freezer. When it’s time for parties, I just take out what I want to bring and thaw it. Life is so much easier this way!
My other secret is essential oils. They are a Godsend for everything. I mix up some lavender, chamomile, and vetiver, and add sunflower oil as a carrier. Then I just roll it on when I’m feeling more anxious.
I also diffuse it throughout our home. I have three of them in our house so we can all benefit from the stress relieving properties. I love GuruNada’s Mini Tree USB diffuser. The design is gorgeous. I love the natural wood look, and the calming color changing lights are gorgeous!
Small in size it’s perfect for any room in your home. It even comes with two therapeutic grade essential oils. The mist lasts from three to four hours, and shuts off automatically when the water is low. I seriously love ours and I know you will too!