As many New Yorkers begin to gear up for the upcoming busy holiday season, stress levels invariably seem to rise thinking of all that needs to be done in addition to the usual daily routine. With holidays approaching and shopping to be done, family get-togethers to plan and travel plans to make, it’s no wonder that the months of November and December leave many people feeling overwhelmed and overworked.
As you look ahead to the upcoming season, there are a few things that you can do to ease the load and lower your stress levels. For one, it’s worth considering hiring a messenger service to handle some of the pick-ups and deliveries that otherwise leave you stressed for time. This is one task that doesn’t require any decision-making or expertise – having to run to a specific place to pick something up or drop something off requires nothing more than your time. And since time is a precious commodity for most, having someone you can count on to handle those mundane tasks for you while freeing up some time in your day often outweighs any expense associated with hiring a professional messenger.
Another thing you can do to ease your stress levels over the next few months is to prioritize what’s important to you and to learn to say “no”. There will likely be many invitations for gatherings and get-togethers as the holidays approach and just because you’re invited, doesn’t mean you always have to go. Learn to put yourself first sometimes and figure out what invitations will add to your enjoyment and what will only cause stress. If you are invited somewhere that you don’t really want to be or that will just take up valuable time that could be used for something more important to you, you may want to consider politely declining the invitation rather than saying yes because you simply feel obligated to attend. This one small step can add immense enjoyment to your life and can ease the stress of having to spend time doing things you don’t really want to do.
Planning ahead is another great way to ease your load when things start to get super busy. If you start now, you can spread out your list of “to-do’s” over a longer period of time, rather than having to cram every minute of the day full of things you need to do to get through the holidays and make everyone happy. If shopping for gifts typically takes up a lot of your time, you can begin that task before Black Friday ushers in the official holiday shopping season. You’ll still get plenty of deals and will find shopping more enjoyable without all the crowds and stress that normally accompanies the holiday shopping season. Sitting in the comfort of your home and shopping online can also greatly ease the stress of this annual activity.
There are a number of steps you can take to ease your load, and the accompanying stress, of the upcoming season. Hiring a messenger service to handle routine pick-ups and deliveries is just one option, but there are many other choices you can make that will add enjoyment to your end-of-the-year festivities.