Right about now we’re thinking you’re happy we’re not giving you the gifts from the 12 Days of Christmas. The gift for day number four is four calling birds. Can you imagine how they’d keep you up at night? Between now and December 25 we’re giving you something much more practical and healthful. We’re publishing our 12 Holiday Sleep Tips! Find all of the tips published thus far by clicking here.
In this tip, we are once again focusing on stress, which we learned in a previous year’s holiday sleep survey causes one in five Americans to lay awake at night during this time of year. What it comes down to is that there is simply too much to do this time of year, and not enough time in which to do it.
One idea, if you have family and friends to help, is to put together a task list and hand out assignments. This is not the time to micro-manage, either. For example, if your seven-year-old’s gift wrapping job isn’t perfect … it doesn’t matter. Aunt Millie will likely thing it’s cute that her niece did all the wrapping, and the fact that it’s a bit of a mess will only prove that you didn’t help.
Another idea, perhaps for future holiday season, is to put together a managed gift exchange where families pull names out of a hat and only buy gifts for that one person. It keeps the cost of the holidays down and reduces the number of gifts you have to find at the last minute at your local big box store.
However you do it, try to spread the holiday chores around and find a way to reduce what you have to do.