Do you feel overwhelmed by the demands of the holiday season? The holidays provide an opportunity to spend time with family and enjoy time away from work. However, navigating through an ever-growing list of tasks can be stressful on anyone. This year, we want to help you remain happy, healthy, and energized. Below are six tips to bring the cheer back to your festivities:
1. Set Spending Limits
Stick to a budget when holiday shopping and only spend within that margin. If you find yourself running low on funds, consider arranging a gift exchange or creating homemade presents this year.
2. Give Back
Opening up a present is always a thrill, but giving to others creates lasting joy. Beat the stress this season by sharing holiday cheer with those who are less fortunate. Donate toys to the children’s ward at the local hospital to brighten up a child’s holiday. Other organizations may have additional opportunities to donate time during the holidays.
3. Stick to a Schedule
This time of year is packed with festivities that can throw off any daily routine. Develop a schedule using a time management planner or app to avoid overbooking. Remember to get enough restful sleep to maintain high energy levels!
4. Delegate Responsibilities
Are you hosting a crowd this Christmas? Extra work can be overwhelming. Ask for help with party prep and cleanup tasks to lessen your to-do list!
5. Take Some “Me” Time
It’s always a good idea to take care of yourself, and in the chaos of the holidays this need is often overlooked. Consider taking some “me” time to unwind and relieve some stress. Spend an hour or two watching a holiday movie or go on a walk to relax.
6. Adjust Your Expectations
A common cause for holiday stress is unrealistic expectations. There will probably be some minor or even major stressors this holiday. It’s okay if everything doesn’t turn out exactly as planned.
Finances can be overwhelming during this time of year. Take a look at our Christmas Club savings account to prepare for the next year! This account is a great way to save for year-end expenses. Our Santa Helper Loan is also here to assist in funding your holiday shopping.
CTFCU wishes you a successful and relaxing holiday season!