Let go of the idea of perfection.
The sooner you realize that perfect does not exist, the better. Nobody else has everything turn out perfectly either. Nobody cares if your house isn’t spotless or if you forgot to get ice. They just want to spend time with you.
Embrace saying “no.”
Realize that you can only do so much. You have to pick and choose what events are important to you, and which ones you can stand to miss out on if you’re just too tired. Declining politely will suffice, you don’t even have to give a reason.
Don’t try to go on a diet.
Just don’t. Trying to diet or lose weight during the holidays is just a bad idea. Instead, try to eat a regular, balanced diet during the holidays and enjoy your favourite holiday treats mindfully and to the fullest extent.
Enlist some help.
Nobody can do everything by themselves. When family or friends offer to help, graciously accept. There is no shame in needing help, during the holidays or anytime.
Do as much as you can, as early as you can.
This one is a big help since we tend to get stressed out if we leave things to the last minute. If there is something you can get done earlier rather than later, do it!
Carve out time for yourself.
Take a breath and remember to do something for yourself every day. Do something to take care of yourself so you can unwind and be better able to take care of others.
Remember what the season is about.
When you are tempted to freak out at the jerk who took your parking spot, remember that the holidays aren’t about gifts or lights or the perfect party dress. They’re about celebrating something special with loved ones. So try to relax, pour yourself a glass of wine, and enjoy the people you are with. Try to be at the moment.