It’s the most wonderful time of the year…until you remember how much cleaning, shopping, gift wrapping and hosting you have to do! But before you start breaking a sweat about the holidays, keep in mind that this time of year is supposed to be about being able to spend time with friends and family, enjoying your traditions together as you celebrate–not just working so hard you feel overwhelmed. If you’re looking for a way to take some of the holiday headaches off your plate, look no further. We’re sharing our top 15 tips for surviving the holidays.
1. Take your vitamins
Let’s face it. This is the season of overindulging on just about everything that’s, well, not the best for you. But you still have your health to think about. If you know you’re going to make cookies a few times a week or stay out late at holiday parties every weekend, try to combat those habits with a little extra attention to your health. You can start by taking a multivitamin every day to help you stay healthy throughout the holiday season.
2. Give yourself a break
If you’ve been spending weeks searching for the perfect gift for friends or family, maybe it’s time to let go of “perfect” and just focus on buying gifts you’re pretty sure they’ll enjoy. That might even be as simple as a gift card or baking some holiday treats. Regardless, living up to your notion of perfection is not worth having a super stressful December.
3. Make a calendar of events
‘Tis the season to be bombarded by invitations to events that will, without a doubt, consume your weekends and evenings. You can make this time a little less chaotic by keeping a record of where you’re going, what time it starts, what you should bring, etc. Put this calendar in an obvious spot in the kitchen if you want to keep the rest of the household informed of December’s events or keep up with all the holiday festivities on your phone calendar.
4. Use a Santa tracker
If you have children in the house, they’ll love watching Santa’s every single move throughout December. NORAD Tracks Santa is the most popular tracker, so try it out if you want to catch some of the excitement you’ll see from the kids. After all, it’s contagious!
5. Take some breaks from family
Having family around is one of the best parts of the holidays…but it’s also one of the most stressful parts. So don’t be afraid to sneak away to your favorite quiet coffee shop for a bit to spend time alone when you need a break from constantly being around other people.
6. Get in a workout once in a while
Okay, this month probably isn’t the right time to start a serious exercise routine (that’s January for most people!), but you can still get in a few workouts. Plan to take a walk after dinner at least a few nights every week, or work out in front of the TV while you binge watch your favorite show or holiday movie.
7. Find a balance each day
While it’s important to treat yourself during this time of year, more is not always more when it comes to holiday sweets. And you’ll regret not reining yourself in once the year is over. So if you know you’re having dessert tonight, start your day off with a healthy meal, such as with an omelet with lots of vegetables instead of a pancake breakfast. Balance is key and portions can definitely make a big difference!
8. Make sure you have all the holiday essentials on hand
This is the time of year when you want to stock up on pretty much everything at the grocery store, especially if you’re hosting a dinner party or having houseguests. So don’t be afraid to grab that second (or fifth) box of hot chocolate, or that extra roll of wrapping paper …unless you’re brave enough to make a last-minute, desperate trip to the store at the same time as everyone else in your city!
9. Stay hydrated
During the holidays, the last thing on your mind is drinking sufficient water. You’re too busy attending parties, buying gifts presents and drinking everything from hot coffee to eggnog (aka anything but h20). But try to sneak some water in there, too! Otherwise, you risk becoming dehydrated, and you don’t want to deal with that while you’re experiencing anxiety over last-minute gift-wrapping. So try to drink 6 to 8 glasses of water per day.
10. Take time to do holiday activities
You might be insanely busy getting things done before the holidays, but surely you can spend a weekday night driving around looking at colorful lights in your city. Or maybe you can find a local event the whole family can enjoy as you celebrate the season together. It’s also the season for giving, so why not volunteer your time at a local soup kitchen or purchase gifts for a family in need.
11. Remember to relax
Yeah, this one is definitely easier said than done. But there is hope - no meditation or yoga necessary! There are actually some natural supplements you can take to relax and improve your mood, with fish oil and vitamin B12 being a couple to try. Catching up on your ZZZs and making sure that you are getting enough sleep every night can definitely help to keep you feel a little more calm and collected.
12. Get your out of office template reply ready
Maybe you’re not done with work for the year quite yet, but you can get excited about your upcoming days off by preparing now (#OOO). It’s never too early to start writing your out of office auto response!
13. Prepare all your holiday favorites
What are the holiday must-haves that make you smile? Do they include a certain brand of sugar cookies, a seasonal drink at your local juice shop or maybe a particular holiday movie? Whatever they are, have them on hand so you don’t miss out on your favorite things this season while you’re socializing with friends and family.
14. Keep your shopping experience calm
Long story short: don’t try going to the mall on the weekend in the middle of December. You’ll come home stressed and possibly even empty handed. Instead, do as much online shopping as possible so you can stay home, relax and wait for the doorbell to ring before you break out the wrapping paper and bows. If you must head to the store for gifts (to get that last minute gift), do it on a weekday morning, since that might be the only time you won’t have to wait in a long line.
15. Subscribe to a Canvas car
The holiday season usually brings extra guests at your house, so if you have family in town, this is a great time to swap your car for a larger vehicle, like an SUV. Whether you’re hauling gifts or guests around town, you deserve an easy, affordable way to get around during the holidays. And at Canvas, we’re happy to offer that. Check out how our car subscription service can make the holidays easier on you! We’ll deliver your car straight to your door and take care of all the headaches so you can get back to what matters most this season - spending time with the people in your life!