By Lee-Ann Watanabe, Wellness Educator
We are officially a little over one week away from Thanksgiving! Are you off of work on Thanksgiving Day? What about the day after, “Black Friday?”
Fun fact: Wikipedia publishes “The earliest evidence of the phrase Black Friday applied to the day after Thanksgiving in a shopping context suggests that the term originated in Philadelphia, where it was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic that would occur on the day after Thanksgiving.”
We know that everyone loves a great deal and on Black Friday, millions of Americans will race throughout their towns checking off their “too good to pass up” list!
Check out the fun tips our WYAO Hawaii team put together to ensure you keep your health in check as you tackle a crazy shopping day!
1. Get a Good Night’s Sleep & Eat a Balanced Meal Prior to Shopping
The night before, get at least 7-9 hours of good sleep. Start the day by eating a balanced meal before shopping; a meal consisting of healthy proteins, carbohydrates, and good fats. A balanced meal will give you the energy to power shop according to plan. If you will be out for most of the day, pack some healthy snacks like nuts, popcorn or fruit so you are not tempted by all of the processed foods on the road.
When out shopping, be sure to carry water with you and sip your water throughout the day. Sometimes, hunger and thirst create impulsive and thus, unnecessary shopping purchases which can result in spending more money than planned. This hydration tip speaks to the age-old advice: “Don’t go shopping when you’re hungry.”
3. Pre-Plan and Budget
Plan out your day’s budget on Black Friday shopping beforehand. Having too many choices and thus, having to make too many decisions, can sometimes lead to careless spending of impulse purchases. For many shoppers, having a pre-determined list of what to purchase before shopping begins can help minimize the possibility of overspending. And if you’re buying gifts, this will also make it easier to track who you’ve bought gifts for.
4. Stay Relaxed
Consumer Psychologist, Dr. Kit Yarrow, states “The autonomic nervous system’s arousal that accompanies a competitive shopping situation, such as Black Friday, can block logical purchase rationale and make us more prone to impulse buying.” She advises remaining calm and relaxed during your shopping event. Arrive early to your destination to avoid crowds and traffic; both of which create needles stress. Try your best to keep a relaxed body and a calm mind despite whatever it is you may encounter on the hectic Black Friday shopping day.
Hopefully now, with WYAO Hawaii’s tips in hand, you can navigate Black Friday and your other major shopping days effectively, with less stress and more money left in your wallet. If you’re looking for additional ways to stay healthy, contact WYAO Hawaii today to schedule your free consultation. Ask us about our current holiday special and consider gifting your workplace team with WYAO Hawaii’s workplace wellness!
WYAO Hawaii is designed to support companies in the shift from an ‘activity-based’ wellness program to a thriving, integrated results-oriented wellness system. We are grounded in a nationally recognized and research-based model to assist companies through a seven-step sequence toward Workplace Wellness Success.