Excerpted from my article on POPSUGAR. To see the full article, click here.

No matter how well-balanced your life is, the holidays are about to swoop in and rock your world. Big time. Below, common problems we feel overwhelmed by during the holidays along with tips to ensure this is indeed the most wonderful time of the year.

imagesThe Problem: Expecting Perfection

Expectations tend to run high for the holidays. It’s normal to want your family and friends to love and appreciate the gifts you chose for them, for your annual dinner to go off without a hitch, for your partner to know exactly which fitness wearable you want. You might also be putting pressure on yourself to uphold family traditions: making homemade latkes on the first night of Hanukkah or having a live tree (minimum six feet) in your living room the day after Thanksgiving. In reality, though, life is unpredictable and being a slave to traditions from your past may not serve you well anymore. Expecting perfection is not only unrealistic, it sets you up for disappointment.

What to Do:

  • Permission Granted. Give yourself permission to stop trying to be all-Martha and to waver from the I’ve-always-done-it-this-way-so-I-have-to-keep-doing-it-this-way nature of the holidays. Reject perfection and liberate yourself from unnecessarily high expectations.
  • Channel Sheryl. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg says, “Done is better than perfect.” ‘Tis.