13 Steps To Reducing Your Holiday Stress

This is an article that I published in Consumer Health Digest online this week. 

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to plan how you are going to keep your stress at bay for the holiday season.The holidays can be a whirlwind of activity- family gatherings, parties, presents, decorations, baking, entertaining, office parties, and gifts, lots and lots of gifts. It’s easy to lose* yourself in all of the activity as you take on more than you have time to do.

Stress often gets much more intense in the season of holiday joy and good will.Planning now around the holiday triggers for stress will make for a much more enjoyable season. The key is to plan now to minimize the stress level as much as possible.These are some of the pitfalls of the season, with suggestions to minimize the stress.

1. Doing Too Much

Pace yourself and only say yes to the things that you really want to do. Concentrate on what is truly important to create fun family and friend traditions.Learn to say NO to things that you truly don’t want to do. Make sure you save time for yourself for self-care. To be your most loving self, you must fill your cup first and then you will have plenty to give out to everyone else that you love. (See suggestions for self-care below)

2. Spending Too Much

Create a budget now and then stick to it. Remember that gifts are from the heart and not from your pocketbook. Don’t overextend your budget, which inevitably creates stress. Ask people what they want, so that you aren’t shooting in the dark.Remember, it’s not how much you spend but instead is how special your gift is for each person. It could even be homemade. You can always start a family gift exchange.Making an evening fun doesn’t mean breaking the bank. Make sure you don’t give into unrealistic expectations.

3. Be Generous In Ways That Don’t Cost Money But That Do Bring Joy

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