Stay Happy…and Sane Through the Holidays


The countdown to Christmas has begun! Everyone is looking forward to shopping sprees, the whirl of parties, gift-giving, and feasting. These make it the merriest time of year. For some people, though, the holidays can be exhausting with its bustle, and pointless because of the hype.  Because it is a matter of perspective, the safest is to simplify the celebration and plan on what is important – family.

Here are some suggestions to do away with the commercialism:

  1. Plan early. Noche Buena, Christmas day, and New Year feasts can be potluck occasions. Assign a dish to family and friends.
  2. Create family traditions– setting up the tree, baking and cooking together, wrapping up gifts for memories to cherish and be passed on.
  3. Set limits for presents. Stay within budget so you have enough for post-holiday expenses.
  4. Get creative with your gifts. Cook or bake food gifts. No one can put a tag on homemade gifts made with love.
  5. Limit your intake of alcohol and coffee.
  6. Eat healthy and exercise to burn calories.
  7. Share. Do a good deed and give to a charitable cause.
  8. Get some rest.
  9. Make good use of the long break with personal effectiveness training programs to bring out the best in you and your family.


“When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things – not the great occasions – give off the greatest glow of happiness.”

– Bob Hope

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Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication, took up Bachelor of Arts in Literature, pursued Master's degrees in Entrepreneurship and Economics, and completed her Doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN


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