How to Beat Holiday Stress

By: Deborah Martin

Holiday Stress? Some Tips For Having Less

We all dream of having wonderful holidays
Unfortunately, by the time we get the kids up, dressed, and fed, referee a few morning scuffles, find lost and keys, field a few phone calls, catch the cab, make our way through morning traffic, the good feeling is gone.

How to Beat Holiday Stress
Find out how you can end this madness

  • Adjust your outlook
    Your perspective is the looking glass through which you see the world. It is central to how you experience emotions, situations, and life in general. By shifting your perspective you can, in effect, change you experience. This is your life - put a positive spin on things - what have you got to loose but the blues!
  • Simplify your life
    Get organized, try to cut down on clutter, and prioritize your tasks. Many dreaded obligations are self-imposed. Remember you really don't have to do everything.

  • Practice extreme self care
    Make time to do what you love - take in a movie, go to a museum, curl up with a book or take a long hot bubble bath. Pamper yourself! This is your life - enjoy it! Don't worry - the dishes aren't going to pack up and leave town. Get plenty of sleep - exhaustion is a main factor in stress - and don't over indulge. Enjoy all the holiday goodies, but do so in moderation. Add some moderate exercise and you'll be healthier and have more energy.
  • Be thankful for the little things
    Practice loving the simple things in life; playing games with your children, taking a walk on a snowy winter morning, or cuddling with your honey after everyone's in bed. When we open our hearts to happiness, we often find that it's all around us.
  • Make peace with flexibility
    Celebrate you successes and let the rest slide. Learn to go with the flow. Take a breath, relax. Don't sweat the small stuff.
  • Embrace the spirit of the holidays
    Greet each day with the holiday spirit and fill your life with kindness, compassion, gratefulness and love.

Yes, there will still be hectic moments and stressful events, but you control the extent to which you respond to them. Open yourself to the possibility that the holidays can be joyous and expect the unexpected.

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