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Tips to Decrease Holiday Stress

By Donna Stark

Halloween is just a couple of weeks away and right after that is the launch of the busy holiday season. It's a joyous time of year that many of us look forward to, but it's also a time of year that some people dread. Not because they can't get into the holiday spirit, but rather because their stress levels always seem to rise through the roof! If this sounds like you and you are looking for ways to stay calm and keep your cool, take a look at the following suggestions. They may be able to help you survive this time of year in one piece!

Too Much Family Time

Nobody is questioning the love you have for your family, but it's hard to not get caught up wanting to be somewhere else when that family time has reached its limit. And although it is easy to slip away to your own bedroom at home, it can be very difficult to do that when visiting others. So plan ahead. Take advantage of the mornings when everyone is still sleeping and use that time for yourself, pack gym clothes and get a solo workout in, or hit the sack before everyone else and watch your favorite show in silence.

Travel Delays

Nothing increases stress as much as a delay in travel does, so do yourself a favor and prepare for the worst. Don't cry or fret over those lost hours. Use the extra time wisely and try to make the best of it. Bring your laptop and get some work done, pack a book and catch up on your reading, or call a loved one that you may not get to see. 

Unexpected Events

If your holidays are like mine, you can expect something to go wrong. Either the turkey burns in the oven, the mashed potatoes are dropped on the floor, the family that declined your invitation shows up at your door (where is everyone going to sleep?), or the car you planned to use decides to break down. In the moment, these situations can seem catastrophic, but at the end of the day, most things can be worked out. So just be grateful. Be grateful that you have loved ones to wrap your arms around and a home where everyone feels welcomed. And just to be safe, buy a few extra potatoes and pillows.

Killing Stress With Kindness and a Calm Mind

The holiday season is only as stressful as you allow it, so take the necessary steps needed to reduce as many of the stressful situations as you can. Then use the rest of your time filling these last few months of the year with joy, love, and kindness!

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