Make the holiday season more enjoyable for you and your family by adopting a few strategies to combat stress. Step One – take a moment to acknowledge what your holiday stress factors are and plan for them. Step Two – relax and BE NATURAL:
B – Breathe deeply. This will help increase your energy levels.
E – Exercise 20 minutes a day, three times a week – your well-being is worth it.
N – Nutrition can’t take a back seat to holiday planning. If you are craving sweets, reach for healthier alternatives that are lower in calories and fat. Your body will thank you.
A – Attitudes are contagious. Keep yours positive and others will follow.
T – To-do lists will help keep you focused on accomplishing what’s really important to each day.
U – Understanding what is reasonable to expect from yourself and others will help keep
disappointment at a minimum.
R – Relaxation is a must. A few quality minutes to yourself will help you make the most of time with others.
A – Associating with friends and family is a sure way to remind you what the holidays are all about.
L – Laughter is still the best medicine!
- Make a list of who you need to buy presents for and from which stores. Being organized saves you time, money and aggravation – just by being prepared. If at all possible, shop in the early morning or late evenings to avoid the crowds.
- Shop by mail or computer. Using the Internet is a good way to get all your shopping done quickly . . . without fighting the traffic and crowds.
- Stock up on basic items before the rush begins. Everything from wrapping paper to gift tags can sell out if you wait too long. If you shop early, your selection will be better and you won’t waste time waiting in long lines for small things.
- Check your sales receipts before leaving the store. In the holiday rush, it’s easy to end up with the wrong items in your bag or an incorrect charge. Checking your receipt can save you an extra trip and valuable time.
- Save all your receipts from holiday shopping in one envelope. Having a return or exchange during the holidays is almost unavoidable. Keeping your receipts organized will help ensure a painless return and a full refund.
Need more tips on slowing down and enjoying the holidays? Check out this article: 10 Ways to Slow Down this Holiday Season from the Herald Mail.