As the holidays are quickly approaching, we see advertisements for must-have deals and images of picture-perfect families celebrating together. To some, this can add to the pressures of making the holidays perfect and wanting to accomplish it all. It is important to take a step back and attempt to keep your holidays as stress-free as possible. Here are some quick tips to help you do just that:
1) Plan Ahead. Try to get as much done ahead of time as possible – prioritize what you need to get done and don't worry about the rest! Get your shopping done in advance so you aren't trying to beat the crowds or the weather at the last minute. Keep track of your purchases and wrap a few gifts at a time to avoid late-night gift wrapping sessions. Ask for help from other family members if you feel like all the holiday planning is falling on you.
2) Stick to a Budget. Before you even step foot in the stores or click "purchase" for that great on-line deal, determine your overall budget and how much you want to spend on each person on your list. Not only will this keep your shopping time down, but your stress level at a minimum when you see your post-holiday bank statements.
3) Take Time for Yourself. This may seem like a given, but many people forget to make themselves a priority in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. It's important to eat healthy, exercise and get plenty of sleep in order to keep yourself productive and on track. Not only are these three things imperative to good health, but it will also keep your energy level high and help you to beat the winter blues.
4) Learn to Say No. You don't have to be everywhere and do everything! Decide what is important to you and what isn't. If something doesn't make the cut, don't feel bad about saying no. Do not worry about things that are out of your control.
5) Keep Everything in Moderation. The holidays usually mean people are surrounded by lots of food and drink. Before heading to a holiday party, eat some veggies or an apple so you aren't as prone to graze the cookies when you feel hungry. Bring a healthy dish to pass at a party. At the mall, don't curse the parking lot because you had to park in the furthest lot--think of it as a way to walk off all those extra holiday treats!
Above all, try to keep a positive and grateful attitude. Be thankful for what you have and embrace it. If at any time you feel like the holiday blues are getting the best of you, don't be afraid to talk to someone. Sometimes it's the best gift that you can give yourself and those that care about you.
Enjoy your Holidays!
Jamie Bajgert, CWP
Uniquely You Wellness Coaching
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