Have a Low-Stress Holiday Season

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photo courtesy of playbuzz.com

The holiday season is a wonderful time to gather with family and friends.  However, as your calendar starts to fill up with work events, parties, and time dedicated to shopping for gifts, you may find yourself feeling anything but jolly as you are being pulled in several different directions.  Below are some tips for helping you keep your stress level down during the flurry of activity that is the holiday season.

Perhaps the best way to lower your stress during this time is giving yourself permission to say no.  Do not feel obligated to attend every function for which you receive an invitation.  Keep some breathing room in your schedule by focusing on just the events that have meaning to you.

If you are the one doing the entertaining, don’t take on the entire burden of cooking; potluck parties are acceptable any time of year.  If you do want to provide all the food yourself, your local grocery store is certain to have a wide selection of hors devours, deli, and dessert trays to help you keep your guests full.

If you are brave enough to tackle the shopping malls in search of holiday gifts, there are a few steps you can take to minimize the stress of the increased mall traffic.  First, as long as the parking lot is well lit and you can comfortably walk a distance, you will encounter much less traffic and aggravation if you seek a parking space further away from the store entrances.  Next, prepare for your shopping trip in advance by having a written plan of which stores you wish to visit and what items you are looking for while you are there.  As you make your purchases, keep all of your receipts in the same place in case you need them later.  Finally, don’t forget to smile! This simple act alone can contribute to keeping your spirits high.

We wish you all a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season!

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