Our Gifting Season Survival Guide
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Happy holidays. Tis the season of joy and good cheer. The season we wait for all year long. And the season we hope to look our best. But how do we enjoy ourselves when the tick, tick, tick of the holiday clock begins to count down? How do we keep our cool in the midst of all the shopping, home decorating, party hopping and gift wrapping?
With this list of holiday dos and don’ts you’ll find that a little planning and self-care can go a long, long way. Now cue up the fire, stir up a hot toddy and let’s try to keep calm till the ball drops.
DO keep a list. And no, not a naughty or nice one. Lists are made for taking the pressure off. The less you need to remember, the better. So write it down. And the sooner in the season you start your to-do list, the sooner you can start ticking off items. Scarf for Grandma: check. Shaving kit for the BF: check. Secret Santa gift: check. See, it’s really that easy.
DON’T do it alone. Pressed for time? Need help coming up with gift ideas? Lean on others for help. Many online retailers offer gift suggestions or gift finders. Gift sets are a great way to introduce friends to your favorite products, this gives them a chance to try before they buy more of their own. And let’s not forget gift cards. They are a hands-down favorite for a reason.
DO remember that the holidays are for sharing. Instead of frantically shopping all over town for the friends on your list, why not invite them over for a potluck dinner? Create a holiday-themed party where they can bring a favorite childhood dish and some old family photos for example. What about sharing experiences instead of exchanging gifts? When was the last time you and your besties went to see a show or movie together? Shared moments are the best gifts of all. So use your imagination and create some memories.
DON’T sweat the small stuff. Seriously. Stress has a way of undermining our best efforts. It’s known to not only prompt headaches, muscle tension, fatigue and upset stomachs, it also interferes with your ability to focus, stay motivated and get a restful night’s sleep. We all know how important sleep is to both body and mind. So unwind to some soothing music, do a little breathing exercise or read in bed to relax. Just make sure to get enough Zzz’s this holiday season.
DO brighten your mood--and your skin with a little TLC. Our Daily Face Essentials Set is the perfect antidote for a stress-filled week. This trio includes cult favorites Aknari Brightening Youth Serum and Anarose Hydrating Rose Toner, plus our newly launched Akwi Purifying Cleanser. These three products will leave you feeling and looking more refreshed, radiant and ready for some merrymaking. This set also makes the perfect gift so DO share this lovely beauty trio with your nearest and dearest.
DON’T worry about finding the perfect gift. It’s an old adage, but it’s true: it’s the thought that counts. For those really finicky friends, slip a gift receipt in with their package. They can always return or exchange for the right size, fit or color.
DO hit the gym or the mat. Keeping stress at bay requires sticking to your exercise routine and yet it’s one of the first things we set aside when our schedules get overloaded. Aerobic exercise reduces the levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol and stimulates the production of endorphins—your body’s own mood enhancing chemical. It’s true, exercise has amazing benefits. So make time for yoga or spin class, your body and brain will thank you.
DON’T burn out. No time for a break? Take one anyway. It doesn’t have to be an all-day event, it can be as short as an hour . Go for a hike, drive to a scenic overlook, or have a nice quiet moment with a cup of tea. These small escapes from the hectic pace of the holidays impact our overall sense of calm and happiness. They help recharge us when we need it most. So be kind, unwind.
And DO have a very, very happy holiday season!
-From all of us at MŪN
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