Christmas is coming… Wether you like it or not! This can be a very stressful time of the year for many. Having your home in order and balance before the holidays can certainly help in keeping the peace and avoiding the stress as much as possible.
Here are some easy to implement tips you can use to prepare for the holiday season.
- Declutter. Clean out your wardrobes, kitchen cupboards and linen closets. This is a great way to get some fresh, balanced energy into your home. Get rid of things you don’t like or don’t use and feel the energy vibrations rise!
- Take time out for you. This might seem impossible with everything else that you will be doing. It doesn’t need to take long and it will be so worth it. Get up 10 minutes early and sit outside and meditate, or just look at what is around you. Take a bath at night. Sit at the beach and watch the waves for 5 minutes… Turn off your phone and go for a walk. You get the idea.
- Write lists. Get a piece of paper or use a computer program or an app and write down everything that is in your head that you need to/want to get done. Brain dump randomly as things come up and then structure it and date it. That way you can see what you need to focus on every day and you don’t have to remember and stress about it in your head.
- Let things go. You don’t have to be perfect. Your house doesn’t need to be perfect. Decide what you don’t need to do and let it go. One of my favourites that I gave up years ago is Christmas cards, I just don’t do them anymore, and I have so much more time on my hands and the stress has lifted! What is that one thing that is not necessary that you can just simply stop doing?
- Keep it simple. You don’t have to make all the dishes that your grandmother used to cook for Christmas. You don’t have to decorate the whole house and garden and street… In fact, think like this: you don’t really have to do anything! Ask for help with food and other preparations. Delegate what you can.
- Get professional help. You don’t have to fix everything yourself. Get a handyman in to mend the fence, fix the fly screens or move the wardrobes. Bring a gardener in to make your back yard look fabulous. These services are often not as expensive as you might think and hiring someone to do the job can often save you both time and money in the end anyway.
- Have fun! If something is simply adding stress and is not fun or beneficial in any other way (and no, brownie points with the in-laws in not a benefit really) then don’t do it. You deserve to have a great time. You can be in charge of that actually happening.
That’s it. Really it’s about being prepared and giving yourself a break. It is not worth it to stress and try and be perfect/get it right/make everybody happy. That’s not going to happen anyway, no matter how hard you work. So give it up! Take time out to relax and smell the roses. Look after you! Life is going on right now.
I’d love to hear what you’re letting go of this Christmas!
Happy Feng Shui Friday!