We all know that the joys of the holiday season come with the stress about making it all work. Clean the house, cook the turkey, prepare the wallet for the holiday hit it’s about to take, and more. Here are our top TIPs about de-stressing this month:

  1. Get Some Shopping Done Early

Make a small goal that you can handle shopping-wise, and complete it before the 15th. For example, complete stocking stuffers and hide them away while everyone else is thinking about right now instead of the impending Christmas gift-giving season. You’ll immediately check something off of your long to-do list AND this saves you valuable time outside of retail stores. In my family, we get one “bigger” gift in our stocking, and the rest are things like lotion, toothpaste, and socks. Check our Pinterest page for some easy stocking stuffer items and ideas!

  1. Get A Turkey Now

Do not wait until the 22nd to grab your turkey. If you get one now at your local grocery store, you won’t have to fight off other people or settle for a bird you don’t want!

  1. Take Time With Family

This is obviously very stressful for some people, but family is what the holidays are all about. Don’t forget in the rush, to take some time to spend with the people that matter the most. Check out our Family Game Night post on one way to make this happen in your busy life.

  1. Expect the Unexpected

If you have high expectations for everything, you’ll likely be disappoint a vast majority of the time. The best way to settle this type of build in failure logic is to expect that things will go awry. People may not make it, something will get burned, and a financial situation may hinder gift giving. Guess what? LIFE HAPPENS and it’s ok. Make peace with the fact that not everything will go perfectly.

  1. Prepare For Day-Light Savings Time

Don’t forget to turn your clock back on November 6th! Here are a few tips from WebMD on how to deal with the change.