For some, Black Friday may feel like another annual Friday. Unfortunately, its often a very stressful "holiday" and stress is by no means healthy. Waking up at the crack of dawn to fight traffic, race to that last iPhone marked down to 70% off, and then stand in seemingly never-ending check out lines. Sounds like a great way to spend a holiday, huh? If you just can't say no to the great deals on Black Friday and still choose to face the madness, here are some tips that can help you make it a bit less stressful. Your body will thank you ;)
1. Sleep In! (If you can)
Check out online deals to see if you spare some time sleeping in. Sometimes the online deals are even better than the ones in-store! If you've got the day off from work, take advantage of that time to get a little extra shut-eye to let yourself recuperate. Even an extra hour of sleep can give you all sorts of benefits to you heart, athletic performance and even a memory boost.
If you plan to get up early to hit the stores, make sure to compensate by going to bed earlier. I'd recommend at least six hours, if possible. You'll wake up more refreshed and ready to find those deals.
2. Plan Ahead and Set a Budget
Money is a very common reason people stress and with the holidays it can become overwhelming. Take a look at your finances and the things you NEED to buy. Figure out a budget and then stick to it! I would highly recommend going online and scope out some of the deals ahead of time.
If you know what you're looking for and you set yourself a budget, you can eliminate some of the guess work that comes with Black Friday shopping. You won't have to stress about spending too much or buying something "someone will probably want", just because its a great deal.
3. Wear Comfy Shoes and Dress in Layers
This is not the day to rock your new 5-inch pumps. They may look cute, but after about an hour of walking around and standing in line, you'll be dying to take them off. This is a day to be as comfortable as possible. Trust me, no one else is going to care what you're wearing.
And don lots of layers! Several stores blast their AC's in anticipation of the large crowds which means they could either be freezing cold or cramped and stuffy depending on how accurate their predictions were. And depending on how early you start and how long you're out shopping, there is bound to be some change in the outside temperature as well, so you will want to be able to adjust accordingly.
4. Fuel Your Body
Yes, you had a great feast last night for Thanksgiving, but you that's not going to cover a full day of shopping! You will need to fuel up with a nice healthy breakfast.
While shopping, you may also want to have some healthy snacks on hand as well. Nuts, snack bars, and fresh fruits are all great options to give you energy and keep your blood sugar up. And of course, don't forget water! It's very important that you stay hydrated, especially on a stressful day like this one.
5. Mentally Prepare Yourself
It is no hidden secret that Black Friday is full of long lines, waiting, and not always getting the deals you were hoping for. If these kinds of things are likely to cause anxiety, you may want to have a game plan when some of these things happen. Traffic? Plan on leaving home early to give yourself enough time. Long line? Bring some headphones to listen to calming music. The deal you were looking for is already sold out? Have backups planned.
With these tips in mind I'm sure you will be able to have a very successful Black Friday experience. Your body and mind will thank you for planning ahead and making these changes. Good luck and happy holidays!