With so much uncertainty in the world, I find comfort in my friends and family. The holidays are an opportunity for all of us to reconnect and spend quality time together.
This year, the holidays may be a little different then in previous years. Depending on where you're traveling to you may not be able to go there in person. I am lucky that many of my family and friends live nearby and I will be able to travel to them. If you are in the same boat I wanted to share some of the ways that I try to make holiday travel enjoyable and not stressful.
At the end, I will share some ideas on how to be present with your friends and family, even if you cannot travel to them this year.
If you are traveling, here are some things you can do now to make it low stress.
1. Finish your gift buying. Buying gifts can be fun, but it can also be exhausting and stressful if left to the last minute. Buy and wrap your gifts as soon as possible so you can breath easy when it's time to head over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house.
2. Find a place to stay. I always find that visiting family and friends is wonderful, but staying with them is another story. Having my own place to stay so I can go back at the end of the night is something that keeps me sane and really enjoying the visits.
3. Make a list. A checklist of items you need to bring will help you pack and also ensure that you don't leave anything at home making for a stressful few days.
4. Relax. Taking time to sit and enjoy the holidays around you before you head out on your traveling adventure will make it so you enjoy your visits even more.
If you are not able to travel to your friends or family this holiday season make a plan now to do it virtually. Schedule a virtual dinner or caroling party. Do a virtual Secret Santa or read stories to young ones. Virtual is not as good as in person, but if it is scheduled ahead of time it can be low stress and high enjoyment for all who are participating.
Whether you're traveling this holiday season or not, enjoy your family, take time for yourself, and celebrate responsibly.