Black Friday is rapidly approaching, so now is the best time to snap up some great deals. Whether you’re a perennial thrill seeker, a casual observer, or somewhere in between, it’s advised that you prepare for the big day so you can keep your sanity amidst the chaos.
Here are five tips on how to stay sane and safe on Black Friday.
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Do your homework
Start by creating a list of items you want to purchase, but keep it reasonable and on budget. A great deal isn’t a good enough reason to spend irresponsibly. Once you have your list, check online to see what stores have your items for sale and plan accordingly. And lastly, map out your route so it’s as straightforward of a drive as possible. The more prepared you are the more focus you can be when the big day arrives.
Get a good night sleep
We all know a good night sleep can’t be beat, but many don’t get the required amount of zzz’s they should be getting. We recommend that you get at least 7-8 hours of sleep so you can wake up full of energy, sharper attention, and lower stress. The worst possible scenario is for you to do all the planning leading up to Black Friday, and wake up sluggish and unmotivated the day of because you didn’t get enough sleep.
Eat a healthy breakfast
You’re going to have a long day driving around, waiting in lines, and trying to surf through crowds of people to get the items on your list, so don’t head out on an empty stomach. Start your morning with a nutrient filled breakfast that will energize your body, boost your concentration, and keep you from going hangry! Make sure whatever you eat for breakfast includes protein, fibre, and whole grain. It’s the best way to kick off your Black Friday hunt!
Keep a bottle of water handy
Black Friday has arrived and you’re ready to head out, but are you forgetting something? It’s important that you have a bottle of water handy at all times. You’ll be moving around a lot, the weather might be hot (depending where you live), or you might just get thirsty. Regardless, you need stay hydrated on the big day. Drinking water will protect your body from the physical energy you’ll be exerting on Black Friday, boost your mood so can stay sane and calm, and improve your brain function so you can think clearly.
Focus on your end goal
Don’t lose sight of your goal. Remember when you did your homework, made that plan and mapped out your Black Friday? Now is not the time to lose focus and get caught up on the noise. Stick to the work you did and focus on what you need to accomplish. Concentrate on the items you want to purchase and the stores you need to make a trip to make it happen. There’s no better feeling than completing your goal!
The Bottom Line
Have fun! As with any other big day, don’t get too caught up in the chaos and noise around you. Be prepared, focus on you, and try to laugh off the craziness that will likely ensue tomorrow. After all, the best part of Black Friday is the experience of finding awesome gifts for your friends and family.