Instant Fixes For A Stress-Free Holiday
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Joy to the World1 of 9
By Shannan Rouss
It's the most wonderful time of the year—and one of the most stressful. To find out how to survive the season with your spirit in tact, here are easy fixes to your most common holiday frustrations.
Park It2 of 9
Pain Point: Navigating the packed mall parking lot
The Fix: Instead of vying for the best spot in the lot, avoid the bumper-to-bumper competition and preemptively park down the street. You'll get a little extra exercise and avoid the hostility and horn-honking.
Slush Pile3 of 9
Pain Point: Having to tromp around in wintry, slushy mess
The Fix: Invest in a pair of sturdy, all-weather boots that you love. (Our pick? These Sorel boots, pictured, from Free People.) When the forecast calls for rain and snow, you'll actually be excited for the chance to wear your stylish kicks.
Going Postal4 of 9
Pain Point: Contending with long lines and grumpy postal workers
The Fix: Thinking of your interactions at the post office as a game will make the whole experience more fun. Try getting a worker to smile or say Merry Christmas—and mean it. If it works, you win!
Small Change5 of 9
Pain Point: Thinking about your dwindling funds and maxed out credit cards
The Fix: Before you buy a gift for everyone on your list, see if there are any groups (like co-workers or siblings) that might lend themselves to Secret Santa-style gifting. Don't worry about sounding cheap when you make the suggestion—we promise others will be grateful.
That's a Wrap6 of 9
Pain Point: Trying to wrap every gift perfectly
The Fix: This year, skip the wrapping paper altogether and decorate plain gift bags (you can get a pack of 18 for $11). Personalize them with festive washi tape and you've just saved yourself possibly hours of cutting, folding and taping.
Chop, Chop7 of 9
Pain Point: Preparing a holiday feast for the family
The Fix: Look for shortcuts at the supermarket, such as pre-cut onions and celery. it's like having your own sous-chef and could cut your prep time in half.
Make It Count8 of 9
Pain Point: Worrying about holiday weight gain
The Fix: Cut yourself some slack—you'll have plenty of time to count calories once the new year begins. Just be mindful of eating when you're stressed, an easy trap during the holiday season. If you're feeling anxious, take a moment to check in with yourself (and your stomach) to decide if you're really hungry before digging in.
Bon Voyage9 of 9
Pain Point: Trying to make your flight home
The Fix: Technology is stepping up to make things easier. The app WhatsBusy provides wait times for airport security lines, plus new services like Clear Me and TSA's Pre-Check (which now takes applications online) let you cut through the crowds.