23 December 2017

What You Need In Your Holiday Survival Kit

In the hustle and bustle leading up to the most wonderful time of the year, do you feel like you’ve fallen into a pressurizer and you’re ready to pop? You wouldn’t be the only one! ‘Tis the season for stressing out as everyone prepares for the festivities under an extreme time crunch. Though you’re more than willing to take it all on for your family, it’s no way to experience the holidays. It sets you on track to burnout with no energy left over to actually enjoy the season. If you expect to arrive on the big day with your sanity intact, you need to take some time to yourself this year. Give yourself a boost this Christmas by making sure you have a holiday survival kit packed with these must-have items. 

An adult coloring book to find your Zen

Art therapists have been espousing coloring books for years, and now their advice is finally catching on in pop culture. Now a trendy hobby, adult coloring books act as an alternative to meditation. When you focus on coloring, you turn your brain off in a way that lets you ignore the stress of the season. The process forces you to live in the now by choosing which colors to use, and experts say it can help you process negative emotions and encourage self-awareness.

All you need to get started is a coloring book and a set of crayons or markers. You can find a seasonally appropriate book like Johanna’s Christmas: A Festive Coloring Book. If you’re hesitant to jump head first into the hobby with an entire book, test out the waters by printing out individual sheets of designs and see how you like it. While you can easily turn this into an evening activity for the whole family, you’ll only reap the full benefits if you find the time to color on your own.

iPhone skins to protect and personalize your gear

Your iPhone’s going to be at your side wherever the holidays take you. That means it’s going to be dodging the sharp elbows of your fellow shoppers as you stalk the malls, and it’s going to be your recipe book as you whip up another batch of gingerbread. If you expect it to survive the season in one piece, you need an iPhone skin. It’s a thin layer that prevents cosmetic issues like scratches and cookie batter from ruining your smartphone. 

Don’t worry if you made an upgrade to the iPhone 8 this year. You can also make sure your iPhone 8 stands out by customizing yours with a skin from dbrand. With an exclusive partnership with 3M, they can offer designs you can’t get anywhere else for every generation. You can also upgrade to their Grip™ Case. Known by the company’s loyal Twitter following as the World’s Grippiest Phone Case, its carbon composite impact technology protects it from rough handling — and it’s skin compatible so it can wear the custom design you created.

A Christmas onesie to stay comfy

Creature comforts go a long way in improving your mental well-being, so don’t overlook your choice of pajamas this holiday. Score a comfortable, fleece onesie in a Christmas design and wear it every night. Its soft fabric will keep you warm and cozy as you cuddle up on the couch to catch another re-watch of Stranger Things 2 or a much more seasonally appropriate viewing of Elf. And its fun holiday pattern is a great visual reminder of the big day to come. Best of all, if you choose from Macy’s Family Pajamas sets, you can get a matching pair for the whole family.

Caffeinated pick-me ups to stay focused

Few people manage to find the motivation to tackle their holiday chores without some kind of chemical enhancement. Your drug of choice? Caffeine. Whether you love a bitter espresso shot or a sweet latte, make sure you’re fully stocked on your preferred drink all season long.

Splurge on a takeout latte when you’re shopping around town, and you’ll have the energy to zip from store to store and cross off everyone from your list. Back at home, fill your cupboards with coffee beans or Keurig pods in seasonal flavors, and the novelty of your morning Joe may be the shot in the arm you need to tackle your day.

An Advent Calendar to boost excitement

Like the coloring book above, the advent calendar isn’t just for kids anymore. While you may have memories of waking to a cheap piece of chocolate each day in December, the advent calendar of your childhood is far from the only one on the market. 

You can find an advent calendar that samples 24 beers, wines, liqueurs, and teas, but your choice doesn’t end there. From the Yankee Candle Advent Calendar to the Wera Tools Advent calendar, there’s something for everyone. Of course, you can always join your kids in the traditional chocolate advent calendar, too! 

Though these tips may be simple, it’s often the little things that help us overcome our biggest challenges. Fill your holiday survival kit with these must-have items, and let us know which ones work the best! 

Disclosure:  This is a contributed post.

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