Welcome to the silly season. Does this time of year fill you with excitement or dread? Do you find yourself worrying about exactly the same things as last Christmas, and the Christmas before that?
In this blog post, we want to help you to plan for the holiday season, especially if Christmas is a stressful time for you - We even include some great inexpensive gift ideas that suit every budget!
Christmas is arguably the biggest holiday of the year for most; it can also be one of the most stressful and uncertain - This is because there is so much to do in so little time.
Your basic Christmas checklist might look a little something like this:
The list can go on and on and soon you’ve got a list of 101 things to do with only a month to complete them, in between your already busy lifestyle.
This is where planning becomes essential. When you’re organised and plan ahead, you can join in on the festive celebrations too!
The truth is, we spend far too many hours obsessing and losing sleep over things that can be easily fixed - food and gift expenses, expectations of others, even wrapping paper and gift tags can become a stressful ordeal!
A good place to start is getting out your budget planner and using this as a starting point, as the majority of the stress can stem from worrying about money! If you don’t have one, treat yourself to an early Christmas gift. Writing down and seeing your budget on paper really does help.
In addition, from December 26th most Christmas items [think gifts for next year, decorations, lights, cards, wrapping paper] go on sale in many stores and there are also specialty Christmas stores that operate all year round - do your research and know what it is that you’re after, then you can shop around and hunt for the best deal!
If you’re feeling overwhelmed this year, remember that there’s always next year - Christmas is not defined by the gifts under the tree or how extravagant your Christmas lunch is, it is defined by the people you spend it with.
But if you’re unsure of where to start, here are some thoughtful gift ideas:
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It’s good to have a plan for your future, but it can be a difficult thing to navigate without a clear vision.
In this blog post, we discuss how to set good intentions for your future and the power of visualisation.
Forget New Year’s Resolutions like “losing weight” and “eating less junk food”
In this blog post we discuss how to create and stick to meaningful goals for 2021, that will in turn help create positive change in your life.
By choosing a Word of the Year, it sets an intention, or a theme if you like, for how you want your year to flow.
Picking a Word of the Year is an excellent way to do this. You may just have one word that really sticks out to you for your 2021 theme, or you might have a group of words that you want to set as your intention—it’s totally up to you.