How to Make the Most of the Holidays

Kelsey Opel
November 24, 2022

With the holidays in full swing, it’s easy to get swept away in the busyness of the season. Packed schedules, holiday shopping and endless to-do lists can overwhelm us. It can be easy to miss the important moments of the season.

The end of the year stirs various emotions in all of us. For some, the holidays might bring excitement and joy with the fun festivities this time of the year. For others, this season might be more emotionally challenging. Wherever you’re at, it’s beneficial to slow down and be intentional with your time this season.

This year, create a plan to slow down to make the most of the holidays.

Manage Your Expectations

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the events and fun activities. Set a plan for what you’d like to accomplish and communicate it to your loved ones. Rather than feeling like you should do something, understand that it’s okay not to say yes to everything.

John Hopkins Medicine mentions many people feel like they either spend too much time with family — or not enough. It’s important to find a balance between the two. Clear boundaries can keep you mentally and physically healthier during the busiest season of the year.

If you feel a little lonelier during the holidays, be intentional in making plans. Whether you make time for friends or family, eliminate any distractions and be fully present.

Slow down and give yourself time to rest. Finding the right balance will help you feel more connected and present with your loved ones.

Control Your Spending

With exciting festivities and a long shopping list, it’s easy to overspend during the holidays. First State Community Bank suggests several helpful tips for this season, including setting a budget.

Set a realistic amount you can spend during the holiday season and include all your expenses — not just the gifts. Budget for any fun activities, charitable donations and festive meal plans. It’s also helpful to pay for these expenses in cash so you don’t exceed your budget. Make a financial plan and do your best to stick to it.

In addition to creating a budget, you can also pick up a seasonal job to make some extra cash. Many restaurants and retail stores are looking for help with the additional holiday traffic. Most seasonal jobs also offer store discounts so you can shop for your Christmas gifts. What a great way to check items off your list!

Be Realistic in this Season

During the busy holiday season, take the time to slow down and enjoy the moment. Be present with your loved ones and don’t be afraid to set boundaries to protect your time. Packed calendars and festive activities can easily lead to being overwhelmed, but it’s important to take care of yourself.

Rather than feeling stressed about the uptick in your spending during the holidays, set a realistic budget. Plan for all of your holiday expenses, not just the Christmas gifts. Having a budget will help you feel better in control of your spending habits.

The holiday season goes by quickly. We can miss some of the most important moments if we get too caught up. Make the most of this time of the year by creating a realistic plan.

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