5 Ways to Stay Zen This Black Friday and Cyber Monday

It’s here! It’s here! Black Friday and Cyber Monday are finally here! We’re jumping up and down over at Privy HQ thinking about all of the incredible things you’ll all be doing this weekend (and of course, the fantastic deals for our holiday shopping, too).

Even though this weekend is an incredibly exciting time for any ecommerce business, it’s also a stressful one. You’ll be taking more orders, offering more deals, and generating more business in the span of two days than you might normally do in a month or even the whole year!

In the immortal words of Douglas Adams in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, “DON’T PANIC.” You’ve put a lot of hard work into your Black Friday and Cyber Monday plan. Now, it’s time to get into the zone as the orders flow in.

Even though it’s stressful, don’t run from it. We crowdsourced a few tips from our staff on how we stay zen and take that much-needed break during busy times—so put on some Enya, light some candles, and come along with us:

Watch Your Favorite Childhood Movies


Whether you used to watch and re-watch the Goonies, love traveling to a galaxy far, far away, or are obsessed with all things Disney, put on your favorite childhood movie, pop some popcorn, and enjoy the feeling of wrapping yourself up in a pop culture security blanket. Our marketing manager Kayla swears by a double Disney feature of Lion King and Mulan for maximum sing-a-longs.

Clean Your House or Apartment

“A cluttered home is a cluttered mind,” or so our mothers liked to tell us. But it really is true: Cleaning your house, throwing out or giving away things you don’t need, or making things spic and span really do help you think more clearly. Our head of engineering, Peter, says it has bonus of allowing you to step away from your computer for a bit. Blast some music and revel in your domestic badassery.

Do Yoga or Meditate

If you’ve never tried meditation, now is a very good time to start. Download an app like HeadSpace and let the relaxation begin. You can choose one-off meditation or full length packs on a specific theme (like stress) depending on what you’re feeling.

Our designer Meg says you just can’t go wrong with a little yoga. Known as moving meditation, you’ll get a chance to let your stress out with a few downward dogs and some good ol’ fashioned om-ing. There are tons of free yoga classes out there on Youtube, or you can subscribe to a site like YogaGlo.

Bake a Pie


If you’re feeling super stressed, try baking a pie. Because nothing is more stressful than trying to blind bake a two-crust pie from scratch, trust us. Or you can just buy a pie to bypass the stress. Then you’ll have a pie, and life can’t be bad when there is pie involved. Bonus points if you binge watch the Great British Bake Off while doing this. Our head of marketing, Josh, definitely agrees with pie of all kinds. (Yes, pizza counts).

Cue Your Musical Number

If all else fails, the only way to get rid of stress is to cue up an angsty musical number in which you strike dramatic poses and sing about your feelings while lightning strikes in the background. You may need to break into your old high school to do it (and our favorite teen musicals) justice, but running around your apartment and belting out your favorite song will do. One of our engineers, Patrick, goes for a Queen anthem whenever he needs a break.

Have Fun!

We’re just kidding on that last one—which reminds us of a bonus: Have fun this weekend! Our CEO and Founder Ben says this is the most important thing to remember.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are stressful, to be sure, but it’s stressful in the best kind of way. You’re following your dreams and making the hustle happen, so celebrate! If you have a team and it’s all hands on deck, order in some pizzas, blast some music, and make it a festive atmosphere. (Or hey, order that pizza for yourself! You deserve it.)

From all of us at Privy, good luck this weekend—you got this!