We are all guilty of putting things off every once in a while. The problem with procrastination is that, once deadlines start to loom (and you normally see more of these toward the end of the year than during any other season), we go crazy rushing to meet them. Always anticipate a heavy workload in the weeks leading up to the holiday break. Get as much as you can done before the holiday season bursts into full hectic mode to minimize the things on your to-do list.
People in the United States and other countries make use of their safe and reliable online shopping system to avoid having to battle the crowds to shop for their Christmas presents. Take a day off from work and plan a trip to the mall during the working hours. You will be glad to find how much of your time (and sanity) can be spared when all the other shoppers are elsewhere.
WHEN IN DOUBT, GO FOR GIFT BASKETS.
No matter how properly organized your Christmas shopping list is this year, there will always be those present puzzlers. They are the people who just leave you stumped as to what to get them. Whether it is a neighbor, a coworker, or a relative you just do not know well enough, a basket of wine, cheese, crackers, chocolates, candy, fruit, and other holiday goodies is the safest way to go.
PRACTICE RESPONSIBLE REVELRY.
"Tis the season to eat, drink, and be merry." But be responsible and keep drinking habits in check. The key is knowing how much you can handle and, of course, remembering that you should never drink and drive! Besides which, you should pay mind to your schedule - if you're meeting friends for cocktails on a weeknight, try not to overindulge; if you go to work late and hung over the next day, this will just set you back and add to your stress levels once the haze from the booze has lifted.
STAY HAPPILY HEALTHY FOR THE HOLIDAYS.
All the madness and mayhem that comes with the Christmas season can make it easy for us to be thrown off our daily routines. Be sure to eat and sleep well, and try to squeeze some workout time into your busy schedule.
FOCUS ON FAMILY.
Spending time with family is always a good thing, but, for some people, it can be a cause for anxiety. Be prepared to dodge (and have some witty, inoffensive comebacks for) those criticisms and awkward questions that can come with annual family gatherings.
If it starts to feel like all the holiday activities and engagements are too much for you to bear, step back and take the time to breathe and relax. Shut your eyes and meditate, or even take a nap. Remind yourself that this season is really all about giving and spending time with loved ones, and take a moment to remember how occasions like this have been filled with warmth and caring because, in the end, the best Christmas gift you can receive is the presence of friends and family.