The holiday season is a fun and joyous time. It provides an opportunity to take a few days from work, spend time with family or go on a vacation. While most people look forward to this festive time of year, some people aren’t so thrilled about the idea of planning or attending social events.

Let’s face it. The holiday season is one of the most exhausting and stressful times of the year. Between gift shopping, gift wrapping, holiday preparations and other duties, things become too much to handle. Luckily, there are things you can do to make it through the holidays without combusting.

Here are 3 ways to fight holiday stress.

Lighten up and have some fun

Christmas only comes once a year. For many of us, it is on this day that we meet with our families and spend time together. As a host, you want everything to be perfect. You want to everyone to have fun. Everyone should enjoy the meal. Everyone should receive a gift. We should all get along.

Sometimes, people have unrealistic expectations and end up stressed and disappointed when things didn’t go as planned. Let go of the idea that Christmas should be perfect. Remember, this is supposed to be a joyous day. Have some fun and enjoy the company of your family and friends.

Ask for help

You spent the entire afternoon preparing meals for your family. Now that dinner is over, it’s time for you to clean up and wash the dishes. We understand that you want your guests to relax and have fun, but you don’t have to do everything on your own.

You can enlist the help of your family to lighten your load. Have a handy list of smaller tasks that need to be done so you have more time to hang out with your family and friends.

Think outside the box

Giving gifts to your family and friends show that you care. The thing is, it can be difficult to pick out a perfect gift for them. If you are on a limited budget, shopping for gifts becomes extremely difficult.

The truth is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to show your family or friends how much you appreciate them. If you have time, you can cook or bake for them. If you’re crafty, you can make a scrapbook, a necklace or other accessories. It’s not about how much money you spent on gifts; it’s the thought that counts.