‘Tis the season! The leaves are changing, temperatures are dropping and every store in the mall already has their Christmas decor out WAY too soon. It’s that magical time of year for family gatherings, overindulgence of food and a swift kick to the bank account. The holidays can be overwhelmingly brutal. So how do you survive them without completely avoiding them altogether? I’ve got a few tips for survival during this festive time of year!
Get Your Holiday Shopping Done Early
I am a planner! Always have been and I always will be. It helps to start Christmas shopping early to avoid the chaos that is the mall this time of year. I usually start brainstorming the first week of November for what I am going to get for my family and friends. Then I start as soon as I narrow it down. If I have all my shopping done a week before Christmas, I’m in good shape!
Hate The Mall? Shop Online!
Like most people I avoid going to the mall during the holidays at all costs. Unless it’s an emergency. I tend to frequent sites like Amazon as well as Etsy for all my Christmas gifts. Plus I try to shop small business and locally for my gifts. There is something so rewarding about helping out friends and small business owners during this time of year.
Wedge in a Workout Here & There
The holidays can be chaotic…so chaotic that you may just forget to get in a workout. Exercise can help reduce stress and heighten endorphins which can keep you from being a stressed out mess during the holiday season. I try to work in yoga classes at a studio if I have time. If I don’t, I always try to do 30-40 minutes of it at home on my own.
Deal With Family Interrogations With Ease
Family is everything! But sometimes they ask questions that invade your privacy or just drive you nuts. “When are you having kids? So, are you dating anyone?” It can make your head spin! Try to answer these questions with a calm demeanor. You know families only mean well and it would be a shame to ruin a holiday by loosing it on them!
Never Forget What The Holidays Are About
Sometimes we get so lost in the materialism of the holidays that we forget what the holidays are all about. This is the time of year to spend with family, to give back to those in need and to remember that there are families around the world who may not have what you have in life. Be grateful and thankful for your life!