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We love the idea of curling up with a cozy blanket and sipping a hot cup of cocoa on a cold winter day. The idea of the holidays can bring about so many feelings, but for some, the thought of the hustle and bustle, Black Friday shopping, hosting parties, over-eating, and added with your normal day to day activities can make this time of year extremely stressful. The best way to avoid over-doing it and becoming exhausted is to start a little earlier, create a plan and make a list. Since most of us are working a lot these days, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Make it simple by choosing 1 task at a time to complete, and starting with the task that has higher importance or that is the most time sensitive.

Let Technology Work for You

There are many apps and websites that will help you on your quests. Pinterest is a great website for holiday crafting ideas & new delicious recipes. There are also apps dedicated to helping you find that perfect gift for those whom are difficult to buy for and other apps that will help you keep track of gift lists, budgets, and hours left to shop like “Santa’s Bag” (IOS) and “Christmas Gift List” (android).

Go Old School as Well

Journaling is another great way to stay on track. Purchase a journal with a calendar. This will help you manage important dates and deadlines. Write down gift lists, gifts and/or crafting ideas, shopping deadlines, recipe lists, party dates, and anything that will make it easy for you to complete your tasks, so that you can take a little time out for yourself to relax. The main objective here is to stay calm and enjoy the season. This is a time of year to express your love and fondness of others. Be merry and enjoy that cup of cocoa. Happy Holidays!

-Trina Van Alstine
Orange County Senior Manager

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