Christmas is just around the corner and have you done your shopping for gifts yet? Sometimes people tend to rush and scramble mad to shop which creates too much stress. Anxiety also creeps in and rears its ugly head when there are too many people rushing to buy their gifts in the penultimate hour. Save yourself from too much stress and look at the ways to find enjoyment in shopping for Christmas gifts.
Create a list
Perhaps this is the best tip that you can follow when you want to have a stress-free Christmas shopping. Start building your list as early as September so that you can determine your budget for buying gifts for your friends and relatives. This way you prevent last minute panic buying that could seriously strain you and subject you to too much stress. Stress you can avoid if only you have a list to start with. This list must not only contain what you want to buy for gifts but it should also include notes on your friends or loved ones’ favorite things.
If you want to avoid the large throngs of people at the mall, then buy early. Since people have yet to decide what to get, make your move before December. This way you have all the time in the world to shop and pick the best present for your loved ones. You can always use the mall’s gift ideas to pick the best if you haven’t decided what to give. Buying early will also allow you to buy gifts in batches. This is very important, especially if you can’t buy everything in just one day because of a limited budget.
Set a budget
Having a budget is a life saver. It allows you less anxiety on your spending during Christmas. Most people tend to be stressed out because they have overspent what they have during holiday shopping. Pick a budget for each gift so that you will not overspend. By using your list and by looking at the mall gift ideas, you can find items that will surely be worthy and within budget. Always remember that when giving gifts, it is the thought that counts.
Shop during sales
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are great ways to shop because they offer great discounts. The only caveat is that they create too much stress. What you need to do is to be on the lookout on small or short-term sales that would happen between Thanksgiving and Christmas. There are malls that would extend their mall hours during sales and even offer midnight sales. Use this luxury to ease the stress of shopping under time pressure since you have more time to choose. If you can, consider taking a day off from work since it is less stressful to shop during office hours or during weekdays as there would be less chances of bumping into a lot of people.
Relax and take a break
Don’t over extend yourself when doing your shopping and find time to relax. Make sure that when you feel jittery, find a coffee/tea shop nearby. This will ease the pressure on you as you go back in to the field to do more shopping. You should also avoid going out for a shopping spree on an empty stomach. Otherwise, you will run the risk of suffering from too much stress and anxiety especially when hunger and thirst strikes you in the midst of your shopping activity.
Stress can be exacerbated by the large number of people at the mall. If you are a bit claustrophobic or stressed just looking at the line to the check-out counter then it is better to shop online. There are great bargains online that offer free shipping if you know where to find them. However, you should be extra careful in choosing websites when shopping for gift items. Avoid being a victim of scam and fraudulent sale schemes.
Giving is what makes Christmas meaningful. However, it is a stress generator. The best way to beat stress when shopping is to use your head and some common sense. Shopping intelligently is still the best way to beat holiday shopping stress.
This is a guest post. Ryan Rivera used to suffer from anxiety attacks for seven years. He now dedicates his life helping those who suffer from anxiety, stress and panic attacks through his writings. You can read more of his articles at Calm Clinic.
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