The holiday season is upon us. At this point, your “Oh no…” list begins to form within your mind.
Oh no… I have to clean the house!
Oh no… I haven’t started putting up my decorations!
Oh no… When am I going to get my gift shopping done?
Oh no… I must get my groceries for our holiday dinner!
This time of year can bring about stress and anxiety, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are ways to reduce stressful situations and make your holidays fun instead of fretful.
Start as early as possible. I know it’s already December, but every moment counts. Use unusual pockets of time to get something done, like when you’re waiting in a crazy long line at the grocery store. Pull out your phone and go shopping for gifts on your favorite online platform.
Ask for help. If chores are stressing you out, don’t bear the entire burden on your shoulders. Ask your family members for help. In fact, make an event out of it. Invite family and friends over for a cleaning party. Have everyone roll up their sleeves and get to work, then order pizza and soft drinks when you’re through. Make sure you have a list of chores ready in advance so you’re not wasting people’s time.
Let go of perfection. A lot of stress is self-inflicted when we want to make our house picture-perfect before our friends and relatives come over. Accept the fact that you don’t have to have each and every light, candle, and bauble in place. Give yourself some grace and look forward to enjoying the holiday.
Think minimally. Scale down your decorations to something more simple and easy to create. For example, a pine tree decorated with only lights and red bows makes a classic statement. Carry the theme throughout your home with garlands and wreaths, all adorned with a beautiful red bow. By the way, you can find red velvet bows already tied at many of your local stores, so this décor theme can be easily attained!
Opt to buy less expensive gifts. Go for the wow factor without spending a mint by looking for gifts that mean something special to the recipient. For example, if you know your friend is a pet mom and has an adorable Lhasa Apso, ask for or sneak a picture of the pet and have a t-shirt made for her.
Take time to relax. After you have completed the cleaning, decorating, shopping and cooking, unwind in a nice, warm tub of water and add in one of our luxurious bath bombs. Light some candles, slip in, and enjoy a moment of serenity.
These are just a few ways to ease your mind and help you through the holiday season. We want you to have a wonderful, stress-free time. Edgar’s Bath Goods wishes you the best, and may your life be filled with peace and love.