5 Simple Christmas Tips to Reduce Holiday Overwhelm

It really is the most wonderful time of the year even if we feel slightly crazy!  However, as a grown-up, the lists are long and all in addition to our normal full lives.  This season can leave you overwhelmed in a hurry.  I don’t know about you but I can get pretty grinchy!   Today, I am sharing 5 tips that reduce holiday overwhelm so you can enjoy this magical season.   

5 Simple Tips To Reduce Holiday Overwhelm

1. Do a Brain Dump & Create a To-Do List

I get overwhelmed by the number of items that need my attention.  Not to mention all the decisions that need to be made from what to get my dear Aunt Sally and what to serve for Christmas dinner.  

Sit down and get it all down on paper.  There’s something magical about taking what is in your head and putting it on paper.  Suddenly, you can think again!  


holiday to do list


2.  Do A Little Everyday

Once, you have your to-do list.  Take a look and prioritize what needs to get done first.  As you get deliveries, open up the boxes and place everything where it goes.  Wrap the items you can.  

3.  Use Throw-away Minutes & Set a Timer

We all have those moments in our day.  5 minutes before you need to pick up your child from school.  10 minutes before you need to leave for your appointment.  Usually, we hop on social media and start scrolling.  

Instead, set a timer and get to work.  Often times we don’t start a project because we think it will take a while.  Our competitive side comes out when we are racing a clock and I am always surprised how little time a task takes.  This works great with kids too if you want them to clean-up!

4.  It’s Okay to Say No

Every “yes” to something means a “no” to something else.  Make sure you are saying YES to what really matters.  Saying “no” doesn’t mean forever.  Maybe, it’s just not the year for Christmas cards or you can’t attend that charity Christmas party.  It’s okay to say no so that you can say to the best stuff this season!  

5.  Ask for Help

There is no award for preparing for Christmas all by yourself.  So much of it falls on our shoulders but our kids and spouses are happy to help.  Yes, you might have to let go a bit of control but just think you are teaching your kids how to prepare for Christmas, a good life skill.  Look at your list and see what you can delegate. 


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6.  Fill Up so You Can Pour Out

This time of year, I believe the lie I don’t have time to work out or do my morning quiet time.  What ends up happening is I become crabby.  I worked out the other day and my son said: “mom you are in such a good mood.”  So, what fills your cup?  You might not fit in a full hour workout but can you do a quick run or walk on the treadmill?  Can you get up 20 minutes early to enjoy some quiet?  

Make sure you are getting enough sleep too!  The fastest way to crabbiness for me is lack of sleep.  Caffeine can only go so far. 

Just Remember…

As You Prepare for Christmas, think about how you can make whatever you are doing more enjoyable.  Try lighting your favorite holiday scented candle and turning on some of your favorite Christmas music.  Overwhelm happens to all of us but it doesn’t have to stick around.  Take some time to jot down it all, fill your cup and little by little you will be prepared for the most magical time of year!


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Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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