There is no such thing as a perfect holiday. Be flexible and open-minded about changing plans – you might wind up with a great new tradition!
Decide how much you can afford before you go shopping. Consider creative gifts that don’t cost a lot of money, or doing a group gift exchange.
Get organized and make to-do lists. Choose specific days to tackle big tasks like shopping, cleaning, and visiting friends.
Don’t go it alone when it comes to entertaining. Friends and family can help pitch in with food and cleaning up.
Be sensitive to others, but take down time away from family members if you need it.
If you’re on your own, try to connect with a friend, talk to family members by phone, and drop in on community events. If you know someone who will be alone, spend some time with them.
Lend a hand and lift your spirits to a food bank, soup kitchen, or organization where holiday help is much appreciated.
Continue to get plenty of sleep and physical activity. Resist the urge to overdo holiday food and alcohol.
Carve out some down time each day to help you clear your mind and recharge. Walk the dog, listen to music, or delve into a good book
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