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A Stress-Free Holiday Season

By Donna Stark

As a child, you were taught there were four seasons, but as an adult, you know there are at least five ... the spring season, the summer season, the fall season, the winter season, and the holiday season. And even though every season has its fair share of stress, the holiday season is filled to the brim, isn't it? Especially when it comes time to shop for gifts. Stress can take a serious toll on the body (and nobody needs that during the most wonderful time of the year), so here are some tips on how to eliminate some of it. Take a look.

Save Ahead of Time

Tucking money aside during the year for the holidays is one of the easiest ways to relieve the financial burden you may be experiencing. The amount you are able to save can either be used as your entire budget or to simply chip away at some of the holiday expenses! You can plan to save significant amounts at a time or you can tuck away the extra change from the grocery store. Regardless, this money will add up and your stress over the holidays will wind down.

Create a Budget

Creating a budget is easy, sticking to it is where the problems start. Planning out the amount you want to spend will help you set an amount for each gift, making it easier for you to pick presents within your price range. Setting a budget for the holidays allows you to narrow down how much can be spent and lets you focus on the more important events, like who is bringing the holiday cookies to the family dinner. 

Make a List

An easy way to keep your holiday savings intact is to create a list of who has been naughty and nice. Creating a list of people who you need to purchase or give gifts to is an easy way to make sure everyone is accounted for. And if your list becomes too large, don't be afraid to narrow it down! 

Make it Unique

Each year the newest and greatest gifts come out and within minutes are on everyone's list. However, a homemade gift can hold far more value in the hearts of loved ones. If you possess a creative talent or like to bake, the homemade route is a viable option, but even if you don't, the time and effort you put into the gift are sure to win the recipient over! 

A Stress-Free Holiday Season

In the season of giving, it can be difficult to know when it's time to start giving back to yourself. Following these tips will help you start that process and can create more peace in your mind during this very joyous time.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Brentwood, Tenn.

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