Softly falling snow, family and friends gathered round the fire, Bing Crosby crooning in the background—while this may be idyllic holiday season, for most of us it is far from reality. Instead of joyful carolers roaming the streets we have malls packed with people frantically shopping for last minute gifts, nice family dinners are interrupted by cranky children and non-traditional work schedules, and a relaxing weekend to soak in the wonder of the season is abandoned in exchange for a seemingly endless calendar of parties and events. The time period between Halloween and New Year’s is inarguably the busiest time of the year. But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your sanity. Here are a few tips to help you stay sane and enjoy the holidays.
The most important, yet most neglected need. It’s easy to put off sleep in the hustle and bustle of trying to get everything done and attend all of the parties and events; however, being well rested will help you feel better and have more energy to accomplish what you need to get done. Also, it’s a good way to help avoid a case of the sniffles.
Avoid the Crowds
That may seem like an impossible feat right now but it is possible. Malls and stores are typically less crowded on weekday mornings. Also, the closer it gets to Christmas the crazier it tends to get. You can avoid the whole thing all together by shopping online or creating your own gifts.
No matter how many people you are shopping for, setting a budget and sticking to it will help you avoid a January full of regrets—and big credit card bills.
With so much going on it is very easy to become self-focused, especially the kids. Take a break from all the commercialism and give back to those who are less fortunate; whether at a food bank or soup kitchen or by donating clothes or toys.
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