The holiday season brings joy and togetherness, but it can also bring stress to individuals and families. Top holiday stressors include staying on a budget, managing multiple commitments and finding the perfect gift. Fortunately, by getting organized and planning ahead of time, can help reduce your holiday stress.
- Write down any known commitments. Does your child’s school have a holiday concert? Are you planning on hosting a holiday dinner? Making a list of your commitments will help you plan your time and help you avoid double-booking yourself.
- Create your budget now. If you’re stressed about how your holiday spending will impact you after the holidays are over, you’re not alone. Remember, the sentiment of a gift is much more important than the cost. Set a realistic budget and do not go over it.
- Start shopping early. Do you already know what you want to get some people on your list? Don’t be afraid to shop early. Sometimes, you can get great deals on presents even before the holiday season hits. Besides, you can avoid the scenario of not being able to get the gift you want because it’s sold out.
Though these tips won’t prevent all of the holiday stress you may experience, they can reduce it. If you experience high holiday stress, try these coping mechanisms to get your stress under control.