Each year we feel a mix of joy and anxiety. And it’s no wonder. We experience a combination of stressors related to financial costs of the holidays and other demands like parties, shopping, cleaning, entertaining, just to name a few. Here are some practical tips to minimize the stress and you may even end up enjoying the holidays more than you thought you would. 😊
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- We try for perfection during the holidays and we tend to forget what the holidays are really about. Remind yourself that the holidays are about being close to your loved ones and giving love and joy to others, while everything else comes second. Don’t overschedule! It’s always tempting to overload the family calendar with parties and trips this time of year, but be realistic about your limits, and those of your children! There IS such a thing as too much holiday fun.
- Ask for help and don’t feel guilty about it. There is no reason why you have to do everything on your own. Delegate this holiday season. Make your holidays not about the cooking but more about the socializing and ask each person who is coming to prepare a dish or a dessert and help with the cleanup. If everyone chips in, it won’t be so bad.
- Stick to a budget. Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend. Then stick to your budget. Don’t try to buy happiness with an avalanche of gifts.
- Take care of yourself with healthy eating, sleep, and exercise during the busy holiday season. Yes, it’s the season of giving to others, but make sure to keep yourself up on the priority list. If we feel too overwhelmed, how we will be able to have a good holiday? The more time you put aside for you, the healthier and happier you will feel this holiday season. Spending just 15 minutes alone without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm.
- This is the time of year that we should spend more time counting our blessings, remembering what we have instead of worrying about what we don’t. Instead of “Keeping up with the Jones’s,” take a minute to appreciate the abundance of love, health, family, and friends. Teach your kids about abundance. They should know that the most important things in life are the things that make us the happiest: good relationships with family and friends, a partner we can share our life with and a full schedule of social activities that involve lots of smiling and laughing.
- Seek professional help if you need it. Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling persistently anxious, sad, or overwhelmed. If these feelings last for a while …
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