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Stop and Smell the Roses: How Make the Most of This Holiday Season


One of the interesting facts about gift-giving is that we typically feel more happiness from giving gifts rather than receiving them. Well, friends, the time has come to start that gift giving that makes us so happy, but can also leave our wallets feeling bare. On most days, we try to eat right, spend wisely, and stick to a routine. But every once in a while, it’s nice, and a good thing, to give yourself a break and indulge a little. Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or simply enjoying the holiday cheer December brings, here are some tips on how to make this holiday season one to remember.

  • Be mindful: Take a moment to recognize your accomplishments, the challenges you’re working to overcome, and your hopes for the future. When daily life is so busy and goes by so fast, it’s important to take some time to yourself to savour where you’re at in life. By taking a step back from our daily grind, we allow ourselves to see the bigger picture and be grateful for what we have in the moment.
  • Spend time with friends and family: Although work is hectic and our day-to-day responsibilities can seem to take up all our time, now is the time to make time for the people that matter most: your family and your friends.  
  • Indulge at holiday meals: Healthy eating is incredibly important for your overall health and well-being. But that doesn’t mean that once in a while, you can’t indulge yourself just a bit. So, you want a second helping of dinner? Go for it. Health experts actually acknowledge that occasional indulgence can be beneficial in the long run.
  • Don’t overbook yourself: It’s natural to feel like there are a ton of plans that you should be a part of during the holidays. Secret Santa’s, holiday meals, gift exchanges, charity drives, and city parades are all great activities to be a part of during the holiday season. However, make sure that you’re leaving enough time in your schedule to relax. Try actually scheduling relaxation time to ensure you stick to it.

We wish all our clients, friends and family a wonderful holiday season. For more tips or to speak to one of our advisors, give us a call at 416-646-2433.