Hoping to stay sane this season? 5 Tips to enjoy the holiday, and avoid the overwhelm.

Hoping to stay sane this season? 5 Tips to enjoy the holiday, and avoid the overwhelm.

At this busy, (and exciting!) time of year, it’s all too easy to get caught up in feeling the need to decorate à la Martha Stewart, make home-baked goods better than Betty Crocker, or show up at every holiday party perfectly primped in a new frocks like you’re like the biggest socialite on the block (with a bottomless bank account, to boot!)


I don’t know about you, however I’m getting anxious just thinking about it!

Isn’t this season supposed to be the most peaceful and joyest time of all?


In order to ensure you don’t take the ‘merry’ out of the holiday, here are 5 tips to stay sane and avoid overwhelm.


  1. Detach from Expectation.

It’s tough not to have some vision in your head of what the holiday season is supposed to look like. You have your family traditions, your special rituals, your festive festivities.

Be okay with going with the flow this year, and being open to however the season unfolds.


  1. Make things simpler.

So you haven’t been able to get 200 home-made Christmas cards out there yet. It’s okay! Perhaps you could have a video card made like I opted to do?

(Check it out HERE! AND, if you want to make one of your own ~ go to Cognition Productions amazing Video Greeting options… customized for you! Mention you heard about it from me and he’ll offer you 25% off!)

 Be okay with buying cupcakes instead of making a homemade dish for that potluck. Recycle a dress from last year. No one will notice!


  1. Just say NO.

You do not HAVE to attend every festive mixer or holiday potluck or eggnog party there is. Not only will you drive yourself crazy trying to be everywhere with everyone every night of the week, chances are you’re not even going to enjoy yourself, anyway!

And with respect to anything additional that’s being asked of you, be honest and realistic with yourself. Is that really necessary right now? Is it a priority?

Be okay with saying NO. And start saying YES to yourself and your needs.


  1. Get clear on your priorities.

Don’t feel the pressure to entertain better than Martha Stewart, or even to entertain at all.

Make a list of your non-negotiables this season, and get honest with yourself about what’s possible. Perhaps make a list of the most important folks you want to connect with this season. Schedule them in, and anything or anyone above and beyond will be a bonus.


  1. Take care of YOU!

Get enough sleep. Get enough fresh air. Get enough vitamins and greens.

Get a massage. Get your hair or your nails done. Reserve a spot on your fave couch and curl up with a cup of tea or a nice book. Have a bubble bath.

Book in some ‘ME TIME.’ It’s NOT overrated. It’s important. And even moreso than ever at this time of year. So BOOK THAT S#!% in!!!


It’s an exciting time of year. Or at least that’s what it could be! So let’s ensure it is, and it stays that way.

Want to avoid holiday overwhelm? Detach from expectation. Make things simpler. Just say NO! (Click to tweet it out!)

Have a FAB week!

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Carol Schulte

Carol is a published author, has been featured in numerous magazines and podcasts, and is a returning guest expert on Rogers TV. Having lived and worked in 16 countries including Ashrams in India and vans in New Zealand, rocked dreadlocks in Thailand and shaved her head for breast cancer, she certainly walks her talk and brings a global perspective to all she does. When she’s not traveling or speaking on stage, you can find her volunteering as a bereavement facilitator, training for her next triathlon, or practicing her serious carpool karaoke game.

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