Sunday, December 12, 2010

Stress-Free Holidays

Holidays can be nerve-racking, especially Christmas when people attend too many parties, spend too much money, eat too much, and are altogether too busy.

Tip 1: Set a budget. A lot of the stress around the holiday’s stem from money. It is very easy to spend much more than you originally planned. I recommend taking out a set amount of cash, that way you can physically see how much you have left. If you do your shopping online, Have a set amount that you will spend on each person. If the gift you have in mind for them is more expensive, shop around or find another item.

Tip 2: Don’t procrastinate! Get your shopping done ahead of time and wrap and tag presents as you go.

Tip 3: Have a plan. If you are having multiple Christmas parties with extended family, have it set when you are going to be with each one. Keep your gifts organized by which party they are going to in order to help the day run smooth.

Tip 4: Schedule time for yourself everyday – read, take a walk, take a bubble bath.

Tip 5: Stay healthy. It is easy to over eat during the holiday season but trust me, if you can set aside 20 minutes a day to take a walk or even just get outside and move around, you will feel much better!

Tip 6: Indulge. This tip contradicts the previous one, but I believe that it is 100% okay to go for the big piece of chocolate cake. This may mean an extra 20 minutes of walking or exercise for a few days, but you only live once!

Tip 7: If you have someone you are not looking forward to seeing, I recommend going into the situation with a positive attitude. Be the bigger person and if necessary, spend time in other areas of the house when possible.

Tip 8: And finally, take time to enjoy those you are around. Be thankful for the people you have been blessed with and remember the reason for the season!

Psalm 46:10 ~ Be still and know that I am God.

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Happy Trails & God Bless!

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