8 Ways to Relax as a Party Host This Holiday Season

    Family reunions, gift exchanges, the Starbucks Peppermint Mocha and cold weather are a just few of the many things to look forward to about the holiday season. Among all of these things, it's quite common that you'll be attending holiday parties to spend time with friends, family and co-workers. Did you get the position of being the party host, and not just an attendee? Planning a holiday party can be extremely stressful.. but have no fearEventup has come up with 8 ways to relax as a party host during this holiday season!

    Exercise Regularly and Practice Healthy Habits. Comfort foods and sweet treats are especially popular during the holiday season, but they won't always make you feel great afterward! Studies show that good health triggers happiness and eliminates stress, and if you're planning a holiday party, you need to get rid of all stress. Release some endorphins by exercising regularly, and eat food that's good for you so that you feel good too. Bad nutrition won't make you feel good about yourself, and it won't make you any happier! Make sure that you get some sleep too. Sleep deprivation will not help you with the amount of stress you have during the holiday season. Get a good amount of shut-eye after your long days!

    Have Some “Me” Time. Break away from the stresses of everyday life and party planning by taking some time to yourself to do things that you really like to do. Listen to your favorite song, watch your favorite movie, or just take a walk outside and smell the fresh air. Alone time is always helpful, especially if you feel like the world is crashing down on you during the holiday season.

    Ask for Help. It's the season for giving! Chances are, if you ask your friends and family for help in the party planning process, they will be glad to give you a hand! Ask them to contribute a dish or a portion for the meal that you are serving. Even if you don't think they have the time or cooking skills, it doesn't hurt to ask! They can always go the easy route and bring a bag of chips or a bottle of wine to your party venue.

    Plan a Spa Day. Nothing relieves tension like a nice massage and a day at the spa. Find a spa in your town, and take a day to relax during your holiday party planning process. You can get back to reality after the knots are out of your back and you've spent a day with cucumbers over your eyes.

    Spend Time With Family and Friends. Some people say that the holiday season is one of the loneliest times of the year, but this is something that can easily be solved. Nothing is more comforting than having friends and family around you if you are stressed and/or lonely. Take some time to cherish your loved ones, and remember that they are the people that you're throwing a party for! It will all be worth it in the end.

    Don’t Try to Buy Happiness. Don't burn through your wallet to try to make your party or your guests happier. Money doesn't grow on trees, so save it. There are tons of DIY party ideas that you can incorporate into your holiday party, and if you're stressed, spending tons of money is not going to help you out. It's just going to stress you out even more when you have no more money to spend, and you don't want to be going to your change jar searching for extra money!

    Plan Ahead. Don't leave anything until the last minute. Plan everything as far in advance as you can: from the decorations and food, to invitations and entertainment, have everything ready so that you aren't any more stressed than you need to be on the day of! Stay organized. Consider creating a schedule for your planning process, and utilize lists! You don't want to forget anything for your party!

    Remember: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. The holidays are supposed to bring joy into our lives, and celebrating with family and friends should not stress you out! Embrace all of the amazing aspects of the holiday season, and remember: 'tis the season to be jolly! If you follow these tips and tricks to relieve your stress this holiday season, you'll be sure to throw the party of the year without any lingering issues! We want to hear about your party host experience this season. Leave us a comment below, or let us know on Facebook or Twitter!