It is just seven weeks to Christmas. And with Halloween behind us, the countdown is officially underway. Many people use this period, which they label ‘Quitmas,’ as a time to give up their vices. There are a number of reasons to consider taking part in Quitmas this year.
Christmas is an expensive time of year. According to a survey by Aviva Home Insurance, the average Irish family intends to spend €1,463 this Christmas. €340 of this is earmarked for food and drink, while a further €228 is reserved for socialising. Meanwhile, families expect to spend €210 on home decoration and miscellaneous items. Showing some self-restraint now will leave you with some spending money come December.
Having that little bit extra in your bank account can also relieve some of the stress that often comes with the holiday period. You never know what’s going to happen. You may have to cover the cost of alternative travel; or your family may come off second-best during cold and flu season. These unplanned expenses can add up and can take a toll on both your budget and your stress levels.
And speaking of health, there’s no doubt that giving up smoking or your weekly tipple is good for your health. Someone quitting smoking, for example, will have an improvement in their sense of smell and taste in just a matter of days. In the long-run, the risk of smoking-related disease is greatly reduced. Meanwhile, drinking regularly can have health implications and can have a noticeable impact on your waistline.
Once Christmas is behind us, we’re into the New Year. With that come New Year resolutions, which are often difficult to keep. A study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology found that, on average, it takes 66 days to change a habit. This sounds intimidating, but the only way to get to day 66 is to start on day 1. The Christmas and New Year period can be a difficult time to change habits, so right now is the perfect time to start. Perhaps Quitmas can lay the foundation for long-term betterment.
In Short: With seven weeks until Christmas, it is worth considering giving up some vices as part of Quitmas. We outline the reasons why.