The holiday season is quickly approaching and many of us are going to have to hit the malls.  We all know how crazy and frustrating they can be this time of year.  People are walking into you, walking too slow as they window shop, and before any of this begins, you have to try and find a parking spot.  Not all of us have the luxury of shopping during the day so we are forced to go after work or on the weekends. Good luck if you are one of the brave ones to shop on the weekends.  This can be a very stressful time when it should be relaxing and fun.  After all, you’re purchasing things for your friends and family and should enjoy choosing something that they may like as opposed to just getting it over with because the malls are busy.

 Here are a few tips to help decrease your stress and frustration while shopping:
  •  Take public transportation or car pool with someone.  This will decrease the amount of traffic on the road as well as headaches you may endure while fighting for a parking spot.
  • Make a list.  Keeping organized while you shop will make the world of difference when selecting which stores you need to go to.  Plus, it will be a great way to map out where you need to go so you aren’t walking back and forth throughout the entire mall, ensuring you maximize your time.
  • Shop with music.  If you are shopping alone bring along your mp3 player.  Music is one of the number 1 ways to relax so load up with a calming playlist.  This way, you’ll be in your own world and won’t have to listen to the exterior sound pollution that may cause you stress.
  • Shop online.  It doesn’t get much easier than logging onto a website and purchasing from the comfort of your own home.  Plus, you can even shop in your pj’s!
  • Keep water and snacks with you.  Staying nourished and hydrated while you shop is a big factor of staying calm.  When you allow your blood sugar to drop it makes you stressed and dizzyPlus, the air gets hot with the amount of people that are in the mall; therefore, you will need to keep hydrated.
  • Dress for comfort.  Ensure you are wearing runners and comfortable, breathable clothing.  This will keep you cool amongst all of the body heat that will be trapped in the mall.