The holidays can be some of the most fun times of the year and we want you to enjoy yourself this holiday season. We do know however, the holiday spirit may bring long lines, heavy traffic, and increased spending. Our goal is to keep you nice and jolly and singing jingle bells all the way home. Well, maybe not quite that far, but we will go ahead and provide you with some quick tips for staying stress-free this holiday season.
Planning your traveling ahead of time can help reduce some of the stress that accompanies the busiest time of year for long-distance travel.
- Don’t wait until last minute to book tickets – Make your reservations for your flights or bus rides in advance so that you can comfortably pick between seats, times, and compare prices. Waiting until the last minute can limit your options, cause you to spend more than you wanted, and cause unnecessary stress!
- Pack Wisely – Do some research beforehand to determine what you can take with you in a carry-on bag and the limitations of the bag size. If you need to take medication/liquids with you, make sure they are in small enough bottles to get through TSA or they may need to be checked. These can vary by airline. If you are checking a bag, keep in mind there may be additional fees.
- Come Prepared – Flights or car travel can be long during the holidays and delays can be expected. Have some games, movies, or music ready on your electronic devices to help pass the time. You can also take this time to help stimulate your brain with crosswords, puzzles, Sudoku, or other brain teasers!
It’s far too easy getting caught up in buying great (and expensive) gifts for your loved ones during the holiday season. Budgeting ahead for the holiday season can help you find the perfect gift for everyone without stressing about your finances.
- Review your shopping list – You may have gotten a little too caught up in the holiday spirit. Go through everybody you are planning on purchasing gifts for and determine if they truly need a present.
- Set a dollar limit – Set a dollar limit for each person and stick to it. This will help you track your spending and within your budget. You can set limits with family and friends how much your gifts should be to each other.
- Look for deals – A lot of good deals are available during the holiday season. Search for discounts and coupons online before making your final purchases. This quick and easy search can help you save big!
With the holiday season so closely associated with unhealthy food and drinks, it can be easy to fall into a bad funk of eating, drinking, and sleeping during this time. Avoiding excessive binging and continuing to exercise can help you feel better and boost your mood.
- Move around – Go for a walk in the morning or after each meal to help stay active. Don’t ditch your daily exercise routines either!
- Moderation! – Go ahead and have a sweet treat or a drink. It’s okay to indulge every now and then. Do, however, limit your intake of these and stick to one treat or drink rather than going all in on them!
- Don’t skip breakfast – Skipping breakfast may sound like a good plan to get in a bigger lunch or dinner, but will only cause you to overeat during those meals. Make sure to eat breakfast if you are having coffee in the morning too as caffeine on an empty stomach can cause blood sugar levels to spike.
We wish you the healthiest and happiest holiday season and hope these tips can keep your holiday season as stress-free as possible!