Don’t let the holiday season get the best of your relationship!

It’s no secret that the holiday season is a stressful time for most people. Between the hustle & bustle of shopping malls, preparing to host company, attending event after event, life gets pretty darn bonkers. This statement is especially true for those who are newly engaged.

Not only are newly engaged couples faced with the typical holiday chaos but they are also in the midst of wedding planning and working to create a sense of balance and routine in their relationship. Although their first holiday season as an engaged couple should be one of excitement, for most – it’s simply overwhelming.

If this is you, don’t fret! There’s a few easy things that you can do to help reduce your stress and sense of overwhelm this holiday season

1) Take a Break From Wedding Planning
Honestly, it’s okay. The world won’t fall apart – I promise. Allow yourself to shift your focus for even just a week. Chances are, the break will do you good and you’ll be eager to ramp back up in the New Year with refreshed energy & focus.

2) Start Your Own Traditions
Now is a perfect time to create new traditions specific to your relationship. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should neglect the traditions of your respective families but having your own will give you something to look forward to in future years and to build upon as you grow your own family.

3) Remember to Communicate
With everything going on over the holidays, it can be easy to forget to check-in with your feelings and one another. Keep the communication flowing to avoid the build up of stress & tension in your relationship.

4) Put a Stop to Wedding Talk
There’s no doubt that you’ll be surrounded by lots of people over the holidays – many of who will be dying to shower you with their opinions and advice. To reduce this influx of ‘information overload’, simply let people know that you would prefer to focus on the holidays and time with family than wedding chatter.

5) Take Time Out for Each Other
Don’t allow yourselves to lose touch amidst all of the events and obligations. Make a point of scheduling time for just the two of you – take a walk, go for a drink at the bar around the corner, catch a quick movie. Anything that allows you to reconnect without interruption from others; even if only for 30 minutes.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
~Katrina xo

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