We often hear that the holiday is the most wonderful time of the year. While it is filled with parties, get-togethers, and gift-giving, for many of us, it can be stressful and exhausting.

If you’re overwhelmed with lots on your plate, here are 4 tips to make your holidays smooth and hassle-free.

Follow your routine

With a full holiday social calendar, it can be easy to fall out of your routine. You might be tempted to have some late night dinners, allow the kids to go past their bedtime, miss some workout sessions or even treat yourself to extra helpings of less-than-healthy foods. The problem is, it’s hard to get back into your usual routine later on.

If you follow your routine and stick with it, then you won’t have to deal with the stress of getting back to it once the holidays are in the rear-view.

Create a budget and stick to it

The holiday season is about sharing and giving back. We understand that you want to show your loved ones how much you appreciate them, but you don’t have to go broke to prove it.

Before the shopping season arrives, create a list of people you’ll be buying gifts for. Set a budget and stick to it.

It’s okay to say no

From Christmas shopping to gift wrapping to attending events and hosting parties, the holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for many of us. With such a busy schedule, it is important to be mindful of how you spend your time.

So many parties and get togethers take place during the holiday season, and sometimes, it can be exhausting. Take time to sit down and prioritize upcoming events. If you can’t make it to a certain party, do not be afraid to say no.

Make time for yourself

Juggling work, family life, and social gatherings, you’ll be left exhausted. You don’t have much time to and energy to do things you enjoy.

Set aside time for yourself to do things you really want to do. Schedule a treat for yourself every now and then. Prioritizing time to do things for yourself will not help you alleviate stress, it will also keep you sane.