“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”

Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

The holidays are a stressful time for many of us, and it seems to come earlier and earlier every year. Are you already seeing holiday commercials? With the holiday season in full swing, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Between picking out gifts, wrapping them, and making sure they arrive on time, many of us forget to take care of ourselves. Here are some tips to help you stay healthy this winter. Instead of getting anxious about the holidays, here are a few things you can start looking forward to.

1. Sweaters

There’s nothing like a good sweater during fall and winter. They’re so comfortable and stylish. I’m obsessed with sweaters, especially when they have plaid patterns.

2. Snow

Even though snow no longer means a day off from school, it can still be beautiful to look at. Just be prepared for a messy commute and some shoveling. If you live in a bustling city, being outside can help bring some peace and tranquility. So break out your boots and enjoy the fresh air!

3. Family

The holidays present the perfect opportunity to catch up with our loved ones whom we often don’t get to see.

4. Sparkles

The holidays are the perfect opportunity to go all out with your fashion choices! With everyone in a festive mood, nobody will bat an eye if you show up wearing sequins at 10 am. Just take a walk down to your local Kate Spade store and you’ll see what I mean.

5. Me Time

With all the hustle and bustle during holidays, it’s important to set aside some time for yourself. Regardless of what holiday you celebrate, at work or at home, try to find a few moments alone where you can simply think about the year.

6. Gifts

Although it can be enjoyable, make sure to take some time to think about what your friends and family may need or want.

7. Movies

We all know that the studios save their Oscar-worthy films for release in November and December. So get ready to cry, laugh, and route for Katniss. That’s right. Only a few more weeks until the third Hunger Games movie (but part 1 of course)!

This is the only season when you won’t get side-eye for watching Love, Actually, and The Holiday on repeat.

8. Music

Although the repetitive Christmas carols can become weary, let’s be honest- the first time you heard Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You”, didn’t you crack a smile? Maybe you even found yourself dancing in the middle of C.Wonder (like I did recently).

9. Decorations

The holidays bring out my inner DIY-er. I get an urge to make things like cookies for friends, which doesn’t happen often throughout the year. So when I’m feeling festive, I should take advantage of it by throwing a dinner party or just getting together with some buddies for drinks.

10. The New Year

A new year is a time for new beginnings. People use this opportunity to set goals and achieve accomplishments in their careers. What will you do differently this year?

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