It seemed like they’d never be back, but the holidays are officially here! While there’s no denying this is the most wonderful time of the year, it can also be the most stressful. From shopping for gifts to preparing dinner, it can be easy to forget what the holidays are really about. If you want to have the best holiday season possible, remember:

1. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Your mashed potatoes didn’t come out quite right and you’re one fork short of a complete set — don’t worry about it! While it’s tempting to want to throw “the perfect holiday get together” that kind of pressure can take what should be a fun family gathering and turn it into a stressful event.

2. Practice genuine gratitude.

Gratitude — it’s a word lots of people throw around during the holiday season, but something few people actually practice. Remember that this is a time for giving thanks and appreciating the blessings you have, like your friends and family.

3. Prepare early.

Unfortunately, our regular lives don’t stop when the holidays come to town. If you’re trying to balance a social life, shopping, a job, and so much more, start your holiday prep well before the start of the holiday season.

4. Ask for help if you need it.

Even if you’re hosting for the holidays, that doesn’t mean you should have to do everything yourself. Ask family to help you decorate a few days before or to bring a meal the day of. This will give you more time to spend with family.

5. Maintain your physical health.

If stress is affecting your eating and sleeping habits, you need to take a step back and consider taking a few things off your plate. Speaking of plates, remember not to overindulge in fatty and sugary foods too much during the holidays!

Debra Solomon, founder of Spectrum Strategies has many services waiting for you. From time management and productivity workshops to individual coaching, she is an expert in her field. Debra is focused on training young adults on the Autism Spectrum to accomplish life and career goals, no matter how big or small. Call (516) 510-7637 for your one on one and let’s get you reaching for the stars!