Diving Deep with Prepping for the Holidays

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Summer is finally fading into fall - and guess what a chill in the air and changing colors in foliage brings? Holidays! If the hectic holiday season always catches you unaware and leaves you feeling stressed, depressed, or frazzled, read on to discover some tips on how to celebrate differently this year! Set Realisti
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"Summer is finally fading into fall and guess what a chill in the air and changing colors in foliage brings? Holidays! If the hectic holiday season always catches you unaware and leaves you feeling stressed, depressed, or frazzled, read on to discover some tips on how to celebrate differently this year!The holidays inspire us to create a whole slew of nonstop and yet memorable experiences. It starts with creating intricate or trendy costumes for Halloween, then cooking the ideal meal on Thanksgiving, to lighting menorah candles and making latkes and donuts throughout Hanukkah, or purchasing and wrapping the perfect gifts for your loved ones just before Christmas, to finally somehow looking fabulous after all that and fitting into your favorite, chic little black dress at your office New Year"s Eve party. Sounds crazy, doesn"t it? In an effort to create one magical experience after another, it"s easy to get lost in the ever-consuming details. Instead of savoring each moment, you arrive at these events feeling tired, wired, cranky, or sadly wondering if all your efforts lived up to what you saw on your Instagram feed.So this year, give your expectations a large edit! Make one or two events special and allow the others to either be orchestrated by someone else or shelved for the following year. After creating impressive Halloween costumes, give yourself a break for Thanksgiving and order the meal ahead of time from your local grocer. If Turkey Day is important in your household, then make this Christmas or Hanukkah a relaxing celebration with fewer gifts or tchotchkes and leftovers instead of five-course dinners. If enjoying the holidays and keeping yourself healthy is your top priority, then it's important to consider that not every party or celebration need be five-star, Martha Stewart quality. From decorating to taking time off work, traveling to gift giving, and hosting extended family, work parties, or large dinners this time of year adds up quickly when it comes to spending money. Prioritizing your spending will help you spend less, reducing the shock that steep credit card bills can cause when they arrive in the new year. Focusing on spending goals and then sticking to them may feel like a downer especially if it means saying no to something you want or you believe someone you love wants. However, according to a survey by the American Psychological Association done in 2020, nearly 64% of Americans report feeling anxious about money. So being financially responsible has its own stress-relieving qualities. And fewer gifts, trips, decorations, or desserts, can actually increase your enjoyment of what you do have. In other words, sometimes less is more."

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