What have you gotten yourself into? You volunteered to host this year’s holiday festivities at your place, and as you look at all, you’ll need to do to be prepared, you’re starting to regret your decision to host the party. Just thinking about things like who you’re going to invite and how you’ll fit everyone comfortably in your home is driving you nuts. You have no idea what you’re going to prepare, and to top it all off, you don’t have much money to work with. You want everyone to have a good time, but being a host(ess) is really stressing you out.
Year after year, people decide to host family and/or friend gatherings for the holidays. Yet the pressure of wanting to show everyone a good time stresses them out to the max. Some get so stressed that they don’t even get to enjoy themselves when the day arrives.
While some stress is good, when your mind and body are constantly in flight or fight mode, eventually, it wears on your health. It is, therefore, necessary for those hosting gatherings this year to keep the stress to a minimum. Here are some suggestions on how to do this:
Find Ways to Ease Stress
A stress-free holiday party for hosts is highly unlikely. There are going to be things along the way that ruffle your feathers or throw you off course. That’s why it is important to have ways to calm down when you feel the stress coming on strong. Whether you need to take a break from planning, take a nap, go for a walk, take a bath, or count to ten and take a few deep breaths, it eases the stress you’re under. You can also take CBD, which is a product that is known for reducing stress and anxiety. If you’re considering this option, be sure to research information about CBD to determine the best products for you.
Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute
When it comes to reducing stress, time is your best friend. The more time you have to plan and prepare, the less pressure you put on yourself. So, at the very least, a few weeks in advance, you should begin working on tasks for your gathering. Create a list of things that needs to be done and break them up into days. This way, you’re not trying to do everything at once.
Ask for Help
Just because the event is taking place at your house doesn’t mean that you have to do everything yourself. Your family and friends are there for you, so don’t hesitate to ask for their assistance. Whether you ask for help setting up your house, shopping for food, or providing entertainment, it’s one less thing you have to do. This frees up some time and lightens your stress.
Keep it Simple
Often times hosts put a lot of stress on themselves by trying to do too much. Yes, you want everyone to have a good time, but you don’t need to go above and beyond to impress people that care about you. In fact, simply being with you during this time is likely all they’re interested in. You don’t need to hire an interior decorator, put out the finest china, or book the hottest entertainment in town to have a good time with your loved ones. From the menu to the decor, just keep everything simple and meaningful.
Create a Budget
A great way to make sure you keep things simple, and to avoid financial stress is creating a budget. After paying your regular household bills and expenses, the amount you have leftover is what you can spend. If it’s just a few hundred dollars, figure out how to stretch that budget. For instance, instead of a huge holiday spread, perhaps you make a simple pasta dinner with salad and bread. You can make your holiday decorations instead of purchasing them in the stores. You can also use coupons and check for sales to try and get as many deals as possible.
Getting ready for the holiday season is stressful for everyone. This is especially true for those who are hosting an event with friends and family. Though some stress is to be expected, you can reduce the pressure you’re under by trying the suggestions listed above. Last, but not least, just relax. Your family will love the time you spend together, no matter what “mistakes” you believe you made along the way.