Throw your expectations out the door
We all seem to set the bar so high these days that it’s no wonder we worry about not smashing goal after goal. All these unrealistic expectations do is cause stress, which prevents us from being happy. This entirely defeats the purpose of trying to enjoy the Christmas season. There’s no place for perfectionism this year, so leave those thoughts at the door. Instead, try to focus on simple, actionable goals. This might be preparing ONE dish for Christmas lunch instead of three, sending a holiday email to your friends instead of individual letters or cards, and attending one or two parties instead of 10. Be kind to yourself, pace yourself and allow yourself to enjoy the moments that truly matter. Time with those nearest and dearest to you can’t be purchased or replaced. Enjoy yourself. You deserve it!