Holiday seasons give us a chance to gear down and spend some qualitytime with the people we love - but getting to that point can be a hecticblur of preparation, extra effort and anxiety.These six tips and tricks will help you get the most enjoyment out ofyour holidays, and they make for good advice throughout the year.
1 Set a family budget for gift giving.• Whatever the occasion, set a family budget for gift giving, and help each other with ideas.• What to give and how much to pay for it are two stressors that can sap the gift-giving spirit out of anyone.• Multiply that guesswork over several loved ones –divided by the already hectic responsibilities of work (or harder yet, the search for it), school, caregiving and child-rearing – and you have a formula for holiday hardship.Lighten your load with a year-round family gift-giving strategy thatrespects everyone’s time and budget.
2 Spend time with the people you care about.From low cost to no cost, taking some time to visit with friends, familyand loved ones can instantly boost your mood, and it can be a greatopportunity to vent if you’ve been feeling down.If you’re far away, maybe your “gift” is your travel. If you can’t be therein person, phone calls and free Skype sessions can help melt away themiles.
3 Did we mention that saving money feels good?Use couponmap.com to find deals wherever you may be traveling thisholiday season, or even if you’re not! Saving money is on the top of justabout everybody’s list these days, and knowing that you are savingmoney can make you feel better.
4 Exercise!Even if you just get up and walk around the house or do some jumpingjacks between TV shows, getting your heart pumping and blood flowingwill facilitate the release of happy hormones.Here are some more ways to exercise indoors this winter.
5 Get visit-ableGot guests? Think about increasing your home’s “visit-ability.” Fromvery young children to seniors and people with disabilities, making yourhome more accessible for holiday visitors will make you feel moreprepared and make them feel safe and comfortable.Efforts as basic as ice and snow removal and other simple (eventemporary) modifications can make it easier on all of you.
6 Make it easy to keep track of your medications.The holiday bustle often takes us out of our normal schedules androutines, which can make it harder to manage our medications. Keep itsimple and safe by downloading a helpful medication chart.This is a great way to track multiple prescriptions and supplementswithout having to remember everything.
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