- Start shopping early
I always make sure to start my holiday gift shopping early and this year that’s going to be even more important. Consumer reports suggest that ship time on items will be longer than ever, especially as we get closer to December. You might also consider shopping from small or local businesses rather than larger companies to not only support your local economy and help smaller companies but to reduce potential ship time.
- Create a budget for gifts
Create a budget for gifts! This is a big one! It can be super easy to go overboard when buying presents for people you love, don’t set yourself back because you want to spoil the people in your life. Creating a budget will give you a clear cut picture of what you can and can’t do. If money is tight remember you can always get creative! Look for places that offer layaway options or no interest for the first few months. Make cookies or get cheap frames and print pictures of fun memories that mean something to you. You could even write a letter telling people why you love them and how much they mean to you, thoughtfulness can go a long way my friends!
- Sell things to put cash in your pocket
If cookies just aren’t your thing and spoiling your loved ones is, considering selling things that you don’t need or use anymore. You can sell furniture to consignment stores, handbags/shoes/electronics and jewelry to pawn shops and even sell clothes and accessories on platforms like Poshmark or to small stores like Plato’s closet.
- Plan ahead to spend time with people you love
Not everyone has the ability to be with their family during the holidays and that can be really hard. It’s important to spend time with people you love so don’t be afraid to ask friends if you can tag along to their holiday events or even host some of your own! Host a halloween scary movie night or costume party, a fall themed dinner or friendsgiving, even throw a small Christmas get together and rock some santa hats with a good old game of white elephant or secret santa!
- Step up your health game to fight seasonal sadness
With the holidays comes colder months and for some that can involve the winter blues. A great way to combat that is to keep your vitamin d levels up with supplements and even more importantly doing bright light treatments to help regulate melatonin and other hormones affected by circadian rhythms. Treat your mood, get outside whenever you can and feed your mind with positive uplifting things daily!
Also remember to take care of your body! We all know during the holiday season it can be easy to go overboard on sweet treats and other holiday indulgences. Pay attention to your consumption of sugar as well as keep working out, even 10 mins a day can make a huge difference in your mood and keep you feeling more yourself without adding any extra unwanted lbs.