5 Tips to Managing Holiday Stress as a Home Business Owner

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The holiday season officially kicks off soon, even though in many ways it feels as though it’s already here! Do you get ? Is it a bit overwhelming for you?

With family, children, gifts, cookies, parties, holiday orders and much more, it’s easy to understand why you might be feeling a little overwhelmed at the moment! It’s normal and I assure you, you are not alone!

Take a deep breath.

Here are five easy, straight-forward ways to help you might be feeling as the holiday season approaches.

1. Don’t take on more than you can handle!

As mothers, we often have difficulty . It’s okay to do that, and sometimes you need to in order to maintain your sanity. Try not to feel guilty. Each of us has our limits and we need to know and respect them. The world will not end if you don’t send an extra treat to your child’s holiday party or if you don’t host the neighborhood holiday open house. If you feel the need to add something to your list this year, make sure your take something else off!

2Prioritize.

Make your list and stick to it! It’s important to recognize which things on your list are necessary and really important to you. These things should go at the top. Manage your time and do the most pressing things first. It’s okay to have some things on your list that are there just if time allows. The things toward the bottom of your list will be the ones you don’t get to if time runs out. And, that’s okay!

3Focus on your kids.

Nothing will bring you more joy than spending time with and enjoying your children! After all, they are why you do everything you do. The holiday season truly is magical through the eyes of children. Take the time to enjoy and savor that. If they are your focus and your priority, everything else will surely fall into place.

4Be honest.

Not only with others but with yourself! If you really don’t want to attend your great-aunt Nancy’s neighbor’s Christmas gathering, don’t! If you do not want to participate in the secret Santa exchange at church, say so. When you aren’t honest, you’re hurting more than just yourself. This goes back to and respecting them.

5Take time off.

Just because you are an entrepreneur doesn’t mean you have to work over the holidays! Enjoy taking a few days off, or setting some time aside for just yourself. The holidays can be a busy and stressful time, but they are also a time to refocus and regroup for the coming year. Give yourself that time to rest and reassess and then you’ll be even more ready to tackle the New Year!

Good luck! I’d love to hear about your plans for the upcoming holiday season and how you plan to balance it all.

Dawn Berryman is the founder of  and Market Mommy:: The Blog, online marketing resources for mom entrepreneurs. Market Mommy shows moms how and where to market their businesses. She holds a B.A. from Indiana University and has worked in the marketing/communications field for more than 11 years. She resides in rural Ohio with her husband and three children. For more information, please see: .


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