Six Way to Make This Your Best Holiday Season
Here it comes. Open houses. Shopping lists. Frosted cookies. Gift wrapping. Eggnog. Office parties. More cookies. Tree trimming. You get the picture.
The holidays are wonderful, but they can also be hectic and stressful, so we’re offering six tips to help you enjoy your holiday to the fullest:
- Discipline now avoids despair later. If it took you half of this year to pay for last year’s holiday buying, take a hard look at what you can spend and pay for this year. Think about it this way – how many people remember what they received as gifts last year? The thoughtful, personal gifts (like framing a favorite photo) make the best gifts for the recipient and for your wallet.
- Exercise. Research shows that physical activity not only boosts your fitness and energy levels but can also elevate your moods. In addition, exercise has been found to reduce anger, tension, fatigue and confusion. Despite the many demands on your time, this is not the season to stop exercising.
- Haste makes waste. When you shop in a hurry, you’re likely to be less discriminating and more apt to spend more than you’d planned. Schedule your shopping trips for a time when you’re not rushed or exhausted, and you’ll see more efficient results.
- Beware the Grinch. Lots of folks out and about, crowded stores … all the holiday bustle is a fertile field for having cash and cards lost or stolen. Don’t carry large amounts of cash, especially in back pockets. Don’t have all your cards next to each other in your wallet or purse without their own separate holders – it’s too easy to not notice if one is missing.
- Keep it simple. How about replacing a fancy (and expensive) cocktail party with a casual “favorite holiday dish” potluck. Strive for personal rather than perfect – it’s always more successful!
- Be a role model. Whether it’s the person in the office next door, the secretary who is always so helpful, or someone standing in line with you at the grocery store, being appreciative and saying something nice will brighten someone’s day … and yours.