The time around the holidays is always going to be stressful especially if you are involved with event planning for yourself or for another person. However, there are some important steps to take when event planning around the holidays that will make the process a whole lot easier! Not only does everyone else probably realize that you have a great burden on your shoulders if you are planning an event for them (assuming you are not a pro at event planning), but you may also start to get frustrated with plans that go awry, uncontrollable situations, unforeseen events, and late guests-of-honor that arrive an hour behind schedule.
Slow Down and Grab a Cup of Joe
Even though you may be frustrated and upset at all the things that may be going on around you, it’s very important to take time out during your event planning responsibilities to relax and have a good time for yourself! One suggestion is to have a sweet-tasting cup of coffee, espresso, cappuccino, or any other beverage that will make you satisfied! On one hand, though, you may not want to take time out for yourself because of all the things that still need to get done, but on the other hand event planning can be stressful anyway, especially during the holidays like Christmas or Thanksgiving! Taking time out to de-stress and regain your composure is important to not losing control.
Practice Deep Breathing and Relaxation
Another technique to use, though, if you’re having a little bit of trouble staying focused on the event planning responsibilities that you already have is to practice deep breathing and relaxation exercises. Many professionals of relaxation techniques, as well as many physicians have said that progressive muscle relaxation and mindful meditation practices are just a couple of the methods that individuals can use to instantly relax themselves. If you have never gotten into the habit of practicing these two activities before, though, practicing them in the midst of event planning for a Christmas Party or Thanksgiving Day Dinner can be a great tool to help your body and mind relax!
However, if event planning for your Winter party or other holiday event is just too much to handle then you may consider enlisting help from your close friends and family members that are already planning to attend the event. Chances are that if they witness you becoming all stressed out that they will offer a helping hand anyway, but asking them ahead of time if they will help you with the event planning for the day is not a request you should be ashamed of. On the contrary, getting help from close people nearby may be the perfect thing you need to prevent a mental breakdown of all the built-up holiday stress!
Relaxation and meditation techniques, sipping your favorite hot beverage, and getting help from others are all great methods to use if you need help with holiday event planning! Nobody should expect you to do all the work by yourself, but it’s important to follow the guidelines above to make sure that you are taking proper care of yourself as well!