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Your path to a stress-free holiday season

Your path to a stress-free holiday season

The Holidays are a time to spend with family, friends and loved ones but it can also be very stressful. Between finding the perfect gifts, cooking the traditional turkey with fixings and accommodating everyone’s get togethers, it’s no wonder the holidays can be overwhelming. Here are our top 5 ways to beat the holiday stress this season.

  1. Forget the elaborate gifts
    It can be nerve wracking, not to mention expensive, trying to find the ‘perfect’ gift or wanting to go above and beyond with an elaborate present for someone. Skip the stress and make your own gifts to add a personal touch. Showing off your creativity by giving something homemade is thoughtful and unique.
  2. Create a budget
    No one enjoys receiving a high credit card bill in January due to poor planning. Christmas gifts can get expensive, especially if you have not pre-planned who you need to buy for and how much you would like to spend. Create a budget early on and save ahead of time; it will lessen the impact on your wallet and your stress level. Making a list of people you want to buy gifts for will also keep you on budget and avoid spur of the moment purchases. When planning events with friends or coworkers, host a cookie swap or potluck instead of buying each other gifts. You may even start a new tradition!
  3. Remember to take time for yourself
    Between the holiday parties, shopping trips to the mall and baking, remember to take time for you. Your self-care may include a quiet night in, reading a book or taking a trip to the spa. Whatever it may be, schedule in a few hours – or days- and plan activities that will recharge your battery throughout the holiday season.
  4. Plan ahead when hosting
    If you are hosting, try to do as much prep work as possible ahead of time. That way, you aren’t cooking and preparing when your guests arrive. Create a list of groceries and drinks about two weeks before hand that you will need and buy when items come on sale. Plan to buy your fresh ingredients one to two days before your event, eliminating the need to make last minute trips.
  5. Remember what the Holidays are about
    The holidays are a time to spend with loved ones and those that are special in your life. It’s about creating memories and being in the moment. Don’t worry if the turkey is dry or your house isn’t perfectly decorated, the main thing is that you enjoy your time with those around you.