If you’re simultaneously excited and stressed for the holidays, we’ve got you. Here is our Holiday Survival Guide to spare yourself the seasonal hassles.
Holiday Survival Guide Tip 1: If you’re on a tighter budget, send personalized cards.
The messages inside store-bought cards can seem canned, and with just some markers and nice paper, you have complete control over what you’d like to say to a special someone. Not only will it save you a few bucks, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a recipient who wouldn’t appreciate the extra layer of personal attention and care.
Holiday Survival Guide Tip 2: Don’t stop at New Years Eve.
After January 1, the subsequent months tend to be a anticlimax. Instead of crawling towards spring, extend your holiday season and schedule get-togethers well into the new year to keep your spirits up and to revel in the luxury of planning ahead.
Holiday Survival Guide Tip 3: Plan your gifts early.
Skip the pre-holiday store crowds and congestion and instead gift an experience instead of something boxed and wrapped. Think about what’s memorable to your recipient, or something you would like to do together, from a weekend away, a walk in the woods, or a special home-cooked meal.
Holiday Survival Guide Tip 4: Be mindful when planning your holiday schedule.
From holiday parties, parades, shopping, and traveling, this season is a busy one. Be mindful of quality over quantity and select the events that are meaningful rather than rushing from place to place.
Holiday Survival Guide Tip 5: Pencil in some time for yourself.
The holiday rush is spent searching for the perfect presents for friends and family or preparing for meals and events. Amidst it all, make sure to schedule time for self-care: squeeze in a gym visit, sip on tea, or make a cozy fire and read.
Holiday Survival Guide Tip 5: Give yourself a light at the end of the tunnel.
Plan an escape for when the holidays are over. Take some quiet time for yourself when the season dies down. That might just be when you’re most in need of some you time.