Plan Today for a Stress-free Holiday
While the holiday season brings joy and togetherness, it can also bring stress for many individuals and families. Top holiday stressors include staying on a budget, managing multiple commitments and finding the perfect gift. Fortunately, by getting organized and planning out what you can ahead of time, you can reduce your holiday stress.
Write down any known commitments. Making a list of your commitments will help you plan your time and help you avoid double-booking yourself.
Create your budget now. If you’re stressed about how your holiday spending will impact you after the holidays are over, you’re not alone. Set a realistic budget and don’t go over it.
Start shopping early. Do you already know what you want to get some people on your list? Don’t be afraid to shop early. Sometimes, you can get great deals on presents even before the holiday season hits.
Unplugging for the Holidays
Constant connection to technology and personal mobile devices can be fun and helpful—think text messages and GPS—but being tethered to your smartphone, laptop or tablet can also increase stress, lead to reduced physical activity and decrease your ability to focus on the people around you. Here are a few tips to help you unplug for the holidays (or at least reduce your screen time):
Leave your cellphone and laptop in another room, or at least turn off notifications and temporarily delete social media apps to reduce temptation.
Set a specific, limited amount of time when you can access your work email, if you absolutely must check in.
Plan technology-free activities—try playing board games, going sledding or bike riding, baking cookies, reading a book or reviving an old hobby.
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