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December 11, 2013

Don’t Let Holiday Stress Derail You

Juggling the demands of work and life can be demanding at the best of times, but during the holiday season tempers seem shorter, patience is thinner, and people are crankier. Here are some tips to keep the Grinch from stealing holiday

  • Set boundaries. Be honest about how much you can do yourself and just say no to activities you either don’t want to do or don’t have the bandwidth to do. Make clear decisions about how you want to spend your time and money. Focus on what’s most important and don’t let little things ruin your peace of mind.
  • Ask for help if you need it. Ask you manager if your schedule can be more flexible during this time. Have family and friends pitch in at home and involve your family in holiday planning.
  • Plan shopping in advance. For some people, holiday shopping is about as welcome as a trip to the dentist. Instead of heading for the mall with thousands of others, shop online and have gifts sent. If you have to brave the crowds, plan ahead. Decide what you want, what stores you want to visit, and focus on getting in and out. If you are one of the people who like the hustle and bustle, be prepared for noise, jostling, and long lines.
  • Take time for yourself.  Give yourself downtime to decompress from stress and relax. Don’t schedule your time so tightly you feel like a hamster running on a wheel—exhausted and getting nowhere!

Make this holiday season fun and peaceful. Control it and don’t let it control you!



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