All You Need is Less

With the preparation for the holiday season in full swing it is all too easy to let things get out of hand and overindulge, overspend, and over-stress.

It is important to take some time to slow down, breathe, and embrace a bit of minimalism in your holiday season. 

Here are a few tips and tricks to help you embrace a minimalist mindset during this holiday season.  

Give Less

This may seem counter intuitive during a season of giving and you may be thinking to yourself that I am nuts, and how could you possibly do such a thing on such a major holiday. Hear me out though. 

We spend so much time and money racing around looking for gifts for everyone in our circle of friends, family, and co-workers. Then there is the time we spend wrapping each gift, and stressing over whether we have an equal number or value of gifts for each person, etc etc. 

This year instead of giving everyone and their dog a gift, spend some quality time with your loved over a hot drink or a glass of wine and enjoy the pleasure of each others company. The memories you will make together will far outweigh the joy you could find in any material possession. 

Indulge Less

Every year there seems to be this viscous cycle of eating and drinking too much over the holidays, followed by the guilt and shame over the extra weight we have put on, which leads to some pretty drastic New Year's resolutions. 

This year take some time to plan out your indulgences ahead of time. This will both give you something to look forward to and make you feel much less guilty over the indulgences you do choose to have. 

I am a big fan of sweets and wine over the holidays, and I am by no means saying not to have any. However, I do think you will feel better both physically and emotionally if you take a minimalistic mindset towards these treats. 

Spend Less

The holidays can be very taxing on our financial situation with the costs of gifts, travel expenses, and other miscellaneous things adding up quickly. 

One of my favourite ways to alleviate the financial stress is to do a Secret Santa style gift exchanged. This doesn't have to only apply to co-workers. You can draw names out of a hat for family members and friends also. 

It's also helpful to get everyone in your gift giving circle on board with a price limit.

Commit to Less

It seems that it has become common practice around the holiday's to jam pack our schedules with as many events as possible. Between staff parties, Christmas Recitals, and various family celebrations it is all too easy to feel as if we are running around non-stop all holiday long. 

This year take a moment to look at your holiday plans and eliminate the things you don't actually want to include. Do you dread the time commitment of sending out Christmas cards? Don't do it. Do you loathe spending hours socializing with co-workers you hardly know at the office Christmas Party? Just pop in and show face for one hour and then be done with it. Or even don't go at all. 

The holiday season is about doing things that fill you with joy and being surrounded by people you love. If your schedule is already full of things you are dreading, start crossing off the things that aren't important to you. 

Stress Less

You might be thinking to yourself "Well if it were just as easy as that don't you think I would just do it." Which is half true, and yet half just an excuse to not make it a priority. 

If we allow it, the holiday's can be loaded full of stress. If we make a conscious effort to stay stress free through things like the above tips and a daily meditation practice we can actually have a very stress free holiday season, 

Our life is what we make it and all we have to do is make the decision to lead a life free of stress and not let the silly little things bother us. We cannot control every thing that happens to us, but we can certainly change how we react to them. Allow yourself to embrace a more relaxed and easy going mindset this holiday season and just watch your stress levels melt away. 

So there you have it lovelies. A few tips and tricks to put in your tool belt to help you lead a minimalistic lifestyle through the holidays. 

Now it's your turn. 

Are there any tips you have that I have missed in this list?

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