‘Tis the season to not have any time! Between shopping for presents, wrapping up end-of-the-year business, visiting family, etc., it’s nearly impossible to find a free moment right now. With that in mind, I’ve included some helpful tips to help you save time, reduce stress, and avoid a holiday burnout.
-Avoid being perfect. Take things in stride. If you can’t get holiday cards out, your friends won’t stop loving you. They will understand. Instead, try to send out or send out an email telling friends and family how much they mean to you.
-Don’t over-commit. I have found myself cancelling or postponing appointments in the last two weeks. I just can’t go 24/7. People understand!
-Be flexible. If you can’t find the perfect gift, give an AMEX gift card or a gift card from a store your friends like.
-Shop online. Who wants to go through finding a parking space in a mall, fighting the crowds, and getingt stressed out? If you really MUST go to the mall, get there when they open. It’s a wonderful experience! I did it this morning!
-Skip the gifts. Many years ago, my best friend and I decided to stop exchanging gifts. Our gift to each other is trying to get together at least once a year (we live in different states). Make it a point to get in touch with friends you’ve thought of all year but haven’t had a chance to see. Make a date with them early next year and commit! Make it part of your 2009 personal goals.
-Be selfish and think of the most important person in your life: you. Get a massage, a manicure, or a new hairdo. It will relax you and you’ll be able to cope better with the holidays.
-Mind your manners and be mindful of others! Other people are also stressed out during the holidays. Smile when you walk into an elevator. Hold the door for someone who’s carrying a bunch of parking garage so they may park as quickly as possible.; tell someone where you are parked when you’re in a
And most of all, have fun! Take a moment to cherish the wonder of the season…and don’t let stress overwhelm you!