3 Ways to Keep Your Inner Peace This Holiday Season
10/27/2014 03:26PM ● Published by Hood Magazine
This is a season about joy, peace, and goodwill. Often when we get in the thick of things we forget that we actually value the very feelings that we are marching right past in order to make this season everything we want it to be. Remember the season is what you make it. If you are stressed, your loved ones will feel it, too. They will reflect it back to you and it can become an unfortunate cycle. Do better for yourself this year. Here are three ways to help keep you peaceful this holiday season.
1. Allow extra time.
Add 15-20 minutes to each thing on your list. Every errand, quick trip to the store, gift shopping, gift-wrapping, and food and party preparation takes more time during the holidays. Everyone like you is doing the same thing. There is more traffic, more demand on products, and more stress in the air. The result is longer lines in stores and at the post office. Gift-giving to loved ones across the miles is also a time consideration. Pay attention to things that will need to be shipping to you or to your recipients and plan accordingly. Allow some down time for your self-care, too. A bubble bath with your favorite Pandora channel can do wonders for your inner peace.
2. Plan ahead.
Create a holiday notebook. Keep all of your lists, coupons, gift ideas and lists, party preparations, grocery lists, invitation lists, and addresses in one place. Take it with you shopping, use it throughout the season, and save it for next year. Why reinvent the wheel every year? It can also be helpful for you to remember what you gave for gifts the previous year. When everything is in one place, your mind knows it. When your notes are scattered, you’ll feel it.
3. Stick to your budget.
Make a plan, set a limit, and keep it. Financial stress is no way to spend your holidays. Carrying debt into the New Year is no way to begin a fresh new year either. When you are making your gift-giving plans, consider the additional costs of gift bags or wrapping paper, tissue paper, ribbon and bows, gift tags, tape, greeting cards, packing materials for things you’ll be shipping, and postage. If you purchasing gift cards at your local grocery store’s kiosk instead of going directly to the retailer, there are often flat fees added to the dollar amount you want to spend. A gift card valued at $25 is now around a $30 purchase. Pay attention to the details. Everything adds up. Stick to the plan. Keep your money worries at bay.
Remember that you have value. Your time is your most valuable asset. Your heart and your spirit are priceless. Your loved ones would rather have less stuff and more YOU.