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December 3, 2009

Relieving Holiday Stress

Now that December is here, the holiday season is in full swing – even if the holiday decorations were out in October!  Holidays are supposed to be festive and fun-filled but sometimes can create lots of stress.

The holiday season means different things to different people, but we all have our traditions that seem to define this time of year.  Unfortunately, the holiday season seems to be defined by stress as well!

Some of the stress that people experience during this time of year is psychological but much of it is due to the fact that many do not implement effective time management strategies to accomplish all added things that need to be done during the holiday season. There is absolutely no reason to drive yourself crazy when you know that the same holiday occurs each year on the same day.  You have all year to get ready!

Here are just a few tips to help make the holidays easier and less stressful:

Make a Plan

  • Ask yourself “What is it about the holidays that create stress?”  Now come up with a plan to eliminate it.  Does shopping cause you stress?  Why?  Is it the crowds – find a time to shop when it’s less crowded.  Do you spend too much money? – establish a budget and stick to it – Don’t know what to get? – Come up with your list before heading out so you don’t waste time wondering around the store.

Just Say No

  • Cut out unnecessary activities.  That means anything that doesn’t provide an emotional payoff that far outweighs the hassle should be crossed off your schedule.  Enjoying the things that you end up doing is what makes the holiday memorable.

Stop and Smile

  • If you’re feeling stress as you read this, stop and smile.  How did that feel?

Add Humor

  • The next time you feel the frustration building, put those humor lenses on.  Just look around the room during that meeting or at the next holiday party, and it won’t be long before something strikes you as hilarious and you’ll start to be more in tune with the humor instead of the stress.

This holiday, celebrate with joy and laughter and leave the stress behind!

Happy Holidays!

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