3 Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress and Make a Difference

Gathering with friends and family to celebrate holiday traditions, festively decorating your home, and baking delicious treats are some of the best parts of the holidays.

While the holidays are the most joyful time of the year, sometimes we become so overwhelmed with the stress of buying gifts and planning events that we forget about one of the most important aspects of the holidays:

Giving

Giving is as important for the recipient as it is for the giver. We’ve provided a few tips below that will help you take the stress out of giving this year.

Holiday Stress Shopping

Tip #1: Avoid the Holiday Frenzy

As soon you take the final bite of Thanksgiving dinner… it happens.

You realize the holiday season has officially begun. The music becomes more festive, decorations pop up, and the house starts to smell of cinnamon and spice!

With the arrival of ‘the most wonderful time of year’ comes the overwhelming task of buying gifts for everyone in the family and creating the perfect holiday experience.

Why it’s a problem:

In all of this commotion, it’s far too easy to forget that many people are not fortunate enough to have a Christmas meal or purchase gifts for everyone in their family.

Maybe you know there are families in need, but you’re too busy to think about it with the stress that comes with taking care of your family.

What you can do about it:

Instead of getting caught up in the holiday hype, take a step back to reflect on what you’re thankful for this season. Make a list of things you are grateful for (beyond material possessions) and encourage your family to have the same mindset.

This small gratitude exercise will help you realize that you have more than you think and can probably afford to sacrifice a little to help others who are less fortunate than you.

Bonus: There are major psychological benefits of giving to charity, so taking the time to give back will help you overcome the stress that comes with getting caught up in the holiday frenzy.

Holiday Stress Spending

Tip #2: STOP Overspending

Let’s be completely honest here. Most people are scraping by to make the holidays special for their family, getting through Christmas with a ‘buy now – pay later’ mentality.

According to an article from magnifymoney.com, the average American ends up with $986 in debt by the end of the holiday season.

Why it’s a problem:

With this startling statistic in mind, how can people realistically be expected to give more?

When you overspend on Christmas gifts for your family, it’s impossible to give back to organizations that provide people with basic necessities during the holidays.

What you can do about it:

Take a look at your finances before the holiday season begins and create a realistic budget. It’s amazing the freedom you can create by cutting back on a few simple things this year.

Bonus: If this isn’t a possibility for you, don’t worry. There are plenty of other ways to give back without spending money.

Self Care Holiday Stress

Tip #3: Put Yourself First

This is by far the most important tip for eliminating holiday stress and making a difference at the same time. When you’re rushing to find the perfect gifts, cook the perfect meal, or host the perfect event, it’s likely that you toss your health and well-being to the side.

If you use all of your energy focusing on everyone else, you won’t be able to give to others fully.

Take the time to reflect, relax, and take care of yourself instead of overextending yourself to the point of exhaustion. You aren’t capable of making the holidays great for your family, let alone even think about giving to others if you’re burnt out.

Make it a priority to put yourself first, and you will be amazed at how much more willing you are to give and make a difference in the world!

4ME4WE is working to make giving to charitable causes without adding any extra stress to your life a reality– all year round. The businesses empower you through the 4ME4WE app to designate your favorite charities for contributions from your favorite businesses. It is NOT a ‘donate a dollar’ or ‘roundup’ concept. It’s simply an app that allows you to make the world a better place through your everyday purchases.  “Giving by Living.” Subscribe to our email newsletter to be notified as soon as the 4ME4WE app is launched.

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