… well … generally … Some of you may have even busier times of the years, in which case. I am so sorry!
Remember, though, to make sure you get through!
This time of year can be such a “bad guy” to a lot our mental health. Whether it is just the general stresses, have you got enough presents? Have you got the right food, are there foods to considers ie vegan options).
While I can post a whole lot of articles, about what makes a less stressful Christmas. Let’s have a discussion about it instead.
For myself, I come up with rules for myself, well in advance of Christmas (I have probably written about this before). During end of June, start of July, I started to put money away, especially if I still not yet working. Even if it’s only $10.00. By the time December rolls around, you have at least over $200. Which may not seem a lot, but if you’re a “smart” shopper, it can help a lot. Even if you use it just for food.
KNOW the dates and days surrounding Christmas. Find out if you have to work on Christmas Eve, and in some cases on Christmas. Then you can work out your present buying schedule. And work out your pays as well. I get my last pay, before Christmas (and for the year) on the 23rd of the 12th. So, that is the day I am going to the shops and getting any vouchers. Then Friday is Christmas Eve, the gift certificates should be the last things I need to get.
Internally, be satisfied, with what you can get. Too me, the point of Christmas, is not necessarily the gifts. They should just be, and always be an added bonus to the day.
Choose travel friendly gifts, especially if you have family or friends, coming interstate or internationally! We have a lot of family (hopefully) coming from interstate. So, their gifts must be able to be packed into a car, or a suitcase. With room for their own things, haha.
Don’t give up on things that make you happy. For example, I love to read just before bed. I’m not giving that up just to try and get some presents wrapped earlier.
And if you do go into the shops to get your presents, I’m trying to do both this year. But we’ve just had another outbreak of COVID. See if you can make a plan, before you go into the shops. If you are familiar with the shop, then that makes it easier (clearly).
And just have fun! ❤