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With the big day less than a week away, it is pretty common for everyone’s stress levels to turn up a notch. It doesn’t have to be this way! Here are a few easy tips to make your holiday less stressful and help you enjoy this fabulous time of year.

 

1.) Try to keep your daily routine.

Having some kind of stability in our lives helps to keep us calm and center us. Try to keep as much of your daily routine the same despite being a little busier. If you like to read a book before you go to bed, read a book! If you like to listen to music as you get ready in the morning, do that! Any little thing you do to keep your daily routine the same can go a long way in keeping you grounded during the holiday season.

2.) Ask for free gift wrapping.

Not every store advertises this, but most retail stores will wrap your gifts for free upon your request! This can save you a ton of time and money. Plan on taking a couple extra minutes at checkout, but this could save you a trip back to the store for extra gift wrapping supplies.

3.) Make a game plan for the mall.

The mall can be the scariest place on earth at this time of year. It can be especially stressful if you get lost in the whirlwind trying to navigate through foot traffic while trying to remember everything on your list. One thing that can save you a lot of time and make your mall trip a lot more efficient is planning out your visit ahead of time. Every mall has a map that is downloadable online. Take some time to print off the map and plan out your store visits based on your shopping list. This will help you avoid back tracking, ensure that you get everything on your list, and help you get out of there in a timely manner.

4.) Stick to recipes that are tried and true.

Every year it seems that there is some new trendy dish that everyone wants to try. DON’T DO IT! The risk in this case greatly outweighs the reward. If you spend a lot of time preparing a dish that doesn’t turn out the way you hope, you could end up out of time and out of options. When it comes to cooking for guests, it is much safer to just stick with what you know you are good at. This way you can be confident that your guests will enjoy what you’ve made and you won’t have to worry about trying to improvise in a time crunch.

5.) Schedule breaks.

It is not uncommon during this time of year for us to go, go, go until we are just absolutely burnt out. Don’t let this happen to you! The holidays are supposed to be enjoyed, not endured! Be sure to schedule some time every so often to just take a breather and relax for a moment. This not only has physical benefits, but can also go a long way in clearing your mind and helping your prepare mentally for the next task.

6.) Focus on what is most important.

During the Christmas season, it can be easy to get so lost in the commotion of it all that we forget why we are doing it in the first place. Try your best to stay focused on your family and the people that you are celebrating with. Don’t overwork yourself or take on more than you can handle. This will only take away from what this special time is all about. Make sure that your family and loved ones come first and that quality time with them is your top priority. If you can manage to keep this focus, you will look back on this time as a joyful memory and a successful Christmas.

 

There are many other helpful tips on the web to help you make this holiday season a little easier. If you find that you are getting overwhelmed, be sure to google “Christmas tips” or “Christmas hacks” to find other ideas to help you get through this busy time of year. We at Utah Mortgage wish you the best holiday season! Hopefully these tips can help ease your mind and simplify your holiday. Merry Christmas!