With the holidays in full swing, are you fully prepared for all that is to come?
For millions of Americans, the holiday time of year can be laced with anxiety and stress. That said you can do a number of things to change that feeling to one of joy and happiness.
Whether this time of the year means taking a special trip or buying something special for the one person in your life you can’t stop thinking about, the possibilities are endless.
So, before you let the holidays get the better of you, take some time now to see how you can make the upcoming weeks the most wonderful time of the year.
Is a Special Gift Going to a Special Someone?
If the idea to celebrate the holidays means buying something special for someone, do you know what you are getting?
Tip number one – The holidays can be the perfect time to propose to that special woman in your life, something you may have been thinking about doing for a while now. If that is the case, do you know when and how you will do it? Making the decision early enough means finding that perfect engagement ring doesn’t have to be a stress-filled situation.
If you are in search of diamond shapes engagement rings or a variety of other styles and looks, don’t wait until the last minute to begin shopping.
Given the holidays are a busy time of year for shopping as it is, the last thing you want to have happen is not find the ring of choice to give her. Could you imagine the disappointment if either a Christmas Eve or Christmas proposal was missing that special ring?
Tip number two – Be sure that you have set aside enough money for such a major purpose (even if it is something other than an engagement ring). You don’t want to have to scramble finances at the 11th hour to make the ring purchase come true. From when you went on your very first date to now, showing her how much she means to you should always be a top priority.
Getting Loved Ones Together
Millions of Americans will go by plane, car, train etc. to visit loved ones during the holiday season.
Tip number three – In doing so, make sure you have your reservations well-in-hand. If you don’t already have them taken care of, you could very well find you and/or your loved ones scrambling this time of year.
While there are still some deals out there to be had, many of them were scooped up months ago. As a result, you may find you and yours paying relatively higher prices for airfares and other modes of transportation minus your own vehicle.
Would you consider yourself a workaholic?
Tip number four – If so, use some time during the holidays to recharge your batteries. By doing so, you will start 2017 with a fresher outlook on things, notably your career.
As you might imagine, many employees look to taking time off during the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, be it a few days or even a week or two. If you’re in that group, make sure you have cleared it with your boss, giving you one less thing to stress over during the holiday period.
If you are someone willing to play peacemaker during the holidays when families gather; all the more power to you.
Tip number five – As millions of people can relate to, the holidays can be stressful for a variety of reasons, one of which is bringing all of the family together. If you’re in that boat, do your best to downplay any family tensions and/or rivalries.
Keep in mind that holiday get-togethers typically don’t last much more than a few hours or in some cases when traveling, a few days or more. With that being the case, you can put on that smiley face, even if it is somewhat of an effort.
As the holidays descend around you, do your best to make it an experience you will truly treasure.