Feeling Overwhelmed This Holiday Season? - Sammy Makes Six

Feeling Overwhelmed This Holiday Season?

For many people, the holiday season is more stressful than it is fun. Between hosting dinners, parties, and entertaining out of town guests, the holidays may be the time of year you dread the most. However, there are many things you can do to simplify your life and just enjoy spending time with family and friends.

1. Don't feel as if you have to go over the top on decorating. If you have a holiday tree, make it the focal point. Spend a little extra time making it look nice, and limit your other indoor decorations. Choose a couple medium to large items to display in prominent areas of your home rather than several smaller items. For outdoor decor, don't decorate your entire house and yard. Simply hang icicle lights from the roof on the front of your home. They are more decorative than regular lights, but they don't require any extra work. Your company will not even notice the difference, and you won't spend hours strategically placing thousands of lights on every tree in your yard.

2. Accept help when it's offered. If your guests ask what they can bring to dinner, allow them to bring a dessert or a side dish. Or, you can decide to do a potluck. Each of your guests can bring their favorite holiday dish to share. This will allow you to enjoy good food and good company without the extra work.

3. Prepare and freeze treats in advance for unexpected guests. Some treats that freeze well include cookie dough, cinnamon rolls, muffins, and cakes. If you build up a nice stash of goodies before the holidays, all you'll have to do when the time comes is thaw and serve.

4. Re-evaluate. During the holiday season, so many people focus on perfection. You want your house to be perfect, gifts to be perfect, and you want to plan the perfect menu. If you find yourself caught up in perfection, step back and think about if the extra work is really necessary. Will your guests notice if the walls in your home are scrubbed from top to bottom? If you're doing something out of habit rather than necessity, save it for a time when you're not already busy with a million other things. 

Preparing for the holidays doesn't have to be stressful if you prioritize. Make a list of what has to be done, and only complete the tasks on the list. Everything else can wait. Rather than spending the entire holiday season working, take some time to relax and enjoy good food and good company.

Erica Simone currently writes for Viamedic.com, an online facilitator for Viagra, Cialis and Levitra online.  Erica uses her research scientist skills to cover and uncover big pharma news she shares on the Viamedic Health Articles Section.

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