For some people, the holidays are a fun time of the year filled with good food, shopping, gifting, traveling and getting together with friends and family. For other people, the holidays are a dreaded time filled with family disputes, remembering past losses, depression, stress, and unwanted financial pressures. For most of us, however, the holidays are filled with a little bit of both ends of the spectrum and a little bit of everything else thrown in. No matter what you do for the holidays, here are some tips you can use to not only get through this time, but get through it with peace, good will, and joy.
1. Be grateful. We all have that highly opinionated family member or that friend who seems to always wear the wrong sweater to the Christmas party. Whatever the case, take a minute to think about all you have in life — the good, the bad, and the in between. Reflect on the fact that you are blessed to see another holiday season and be grateful that you can experience it with those closest to you.
2. Create a budget. Shopping for the perfect gifts and holiday clothes can all add up very quickly, and before you know it, you’ve spent way more than you intended. So before you shop, create a budget and stick to it no matter what. Plan what you are going to buy before leaving home and avoid the urge to shop on impulse. Planning and sticking to a budget now will ensure you have no financial headaches after the holidays are over.