7 Tips For A Stress Free Holiday!

December 2, 2015 | Written with Love By: Shaina Leis

The holidays are here : )

I started listening to Christmas music weeks before Thanksgiving, I’ve watched Christmas With the Kranks at least a dozen times (that’s not an exaggeration) and I’m 90% finished with my shopping.

Sure there are cons to the “happiest time of year” like financial woes and long lines, but because I enjoy the warmth of the season so much, I don’t allow the “business” of it all to effect my mood.

With some preparation, organization and attitude adjustments, you too can adopt a holly, jolly spirit that other people like to be around.

Goodbye Grinch!

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with gratitude and much love,



What’s up guys? In lieu of the holiday season, I wanted to make a quick video to share with you some of my tips that keep me holly and jolly around this time of year.

I love Christmas so much. I think the only thing I’ve ever stressed about around the holidays is money.

Swipe swipe.

But all around, things can get rather hectic and we can easily lose sight that…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!


1.) Start your shopping early and/ or shop online. If you’re like me and loathe busy parking lots, long lines and overall claustrophobic situations, the best way to avoid it is to start early and beat the rush. Early for me, means August (show calendar). But for you, it may mean a few weeks in advance.

I’m a huge fan of online shopping- for me, it’s really replaced in store shopping all together. Especially retailers that offer free shipping both ways. Amazon Prime is my jam this year! What’s better than doing your part in improving the economy- than from the comfort of your own home (show footage) Stress who??

2.) Make a list of who you’ll buy for. Decide whether you’ll go for quality or quantity this year.

In other words, is it more important to you to give to a lot of people (and most likely do smaller gifts) OR focus your attention on less people and most likely spend more. Maybe you have the means to do both, in the case…good for you!

I chose quantity last year and am doing the same this year. Personally, it just feels good to me to show my gratitude for a lot of different people in my life, even if it’s a little something.

3.) Maintain a system and set a budget. (And stick to it!!)

I’m a big list maker. To me, it’s one of the simplest ways to stay organized. And crossing things off your list is orgasmic. You list makers out there know what I’m talking about.

Deciding what you’ll spend on each person takes the guessing out when you’re faced with indecision. Having a plan helps to not overspend.

4.) Don’t wish the holidays away. I’ve heard so many people say, “I can’t wait until they’re all over.” That’s just wishing away part of your life. It’s not the holiday that’s the problem..it’s your attitude toward it. Nobody likes a Grinch. The holiday isn’t going anywhere, but you always have the choice to change your perspective.

5.) Identify what you love about the holidays and focus on that!

Personally, I just love the warmth of this time of the year. The lights, the music, the décor…so I surround myself with the little things. I’ve been watching Xmas movies like every night. I bought this $3 mini tree from target and I’m obsessed with it. I love wrapping gifts, writing nice cards and just snuggling on the couch. But also, I don’t know why, there’s something really warm and sweet about big department stores when they’re decorated.

Whatever it is for you, just be sure to make time to do the things you enjoy!

6.) Identify your stressors and better them! Maybe it’s money or the crowds or the blinking lights or the cooking…regardless, there’s always a way to better it. But you must stop complaining long enough to consciously choose to make changes. Take cooking for example. Maybe you suggest another family member hosts this year or everyone brings two dishes instead of one to lighten your load. As Marie Forleo says, “everything is figureoutable!”

7.) And magic number 7: Remember what the holiday is all about! Family, giving, gratitude, love and peace. If you find yourself getting too caught up in the business of Christmas, take a step back, take a deep breathe and remind yourself what the true meaning is. Another great way to pull you back to your center is to volunteer!! We forget about how blessed we are when we allow our “stressors” to be the forefront of our minds. Helping the less fortunate can be a pretty powerful wake up call.

That’s all for today guys. If you liked this video, hit the thumbs up below and subscribe to my channel for a new video every Wednesday. Happy holdiays. See ya!


Hi there! I'm Shaina Leis- founder of this inspirational space :) I'm a Certified Life Coach with a passion for helping young adults better themselves and their lives. In this blog, you'll find general advice, career guidance and so much more. Have fun!