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While the holidays usually bring genuine cheer and happiness, they also bring an unwanted side effect - stress. Whether it’s the socializing at parties or shopping for the perfect gift, it can be difficult to balance your well-being with a jam-packed schedule. Don’t fret! We’ve put together our top five tips for a stress-free holiday season.

 

  1.     Plan, plan, plan

Before meandering throughout a crowded shopping mall, make your gift list. Decide which gifts you’re getting for who so you can make one trip (or two, tops). That way, you can get all your gifts in one go, rather than dealing with crowded shops for weeks. Or better yet, order your gifts online. You can shop in your pajamas and they’ll come straight to your door. Win!

 

  1. Get an Ably® hoodie

How will buying a hoodie help relieve holiday stress, might you ask? Well, our all-natural cotton hoodies are activated with Filium®, an eco friendly technology that makes all our apparel stain and odor resistant. This means a lot less laundry for you, which means one less chore to worry about during the holidays. Get yourself a long-sleeved shirt while you’re at it, so you can wear them together.

 

  1. Don’t sweat the small stuff

No matter how prepared you are, things may not go according to plan. Whether it’s a disagreement on who is bringing which dish to Christmas dinner or a store running out of a certain colored sweater, keep some perspective. The holidays are a time for giving and good cheer, so take a deep breath and shake it off.

 

  1. Do get your sweat on

Thinking of skipping the gym during the holidays? Think again. Studies show that skipping the gym when you’re stressed or busy is a bad idea. Working out helps boost your mood and lessens cardiovascular risks, so when you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, the gym is your best bet. Plus, it’ll help you manage any potential holiday weight gain so you can start the new year off right!

 

  1. Drive around and look at the lights
    Holiday Lights

Nothing quite brings holiday cheer like the beautifully decorated houses. Spend a few hours one evening and explore your neighborhood light show. Better yet, explore multiple neighborhoods over the course of several days. People’s creativity never ceases to amaze.

 

In the end, remember that the holidays are meant to be fun, not stressful. So put a smile on, check your list twice, and enjoy the holidays!