Six Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress
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‘Tis the season to hang the wreaths, gussy up the garland and bask in the glow of holiday cheer. Yet, even the most jolly of souls can become overwhelmed with all the cookie baking, gift-wrapping and sleigh bell ringing. If you’re feeling more Grinch than Elf, don’t despair. Take a deep breath, and try these tips to simplify and enjoy your holidays.
1. Enjoy the holidays at home.
Travel can be especially stressful this time of year. Consider staying home instead and hosting a simple, but meaningful celebration for friends and family. Forego the huge meal, and have everyone contribute to a deliciously eclectic potluck. Assign side dishes, drinks and desserts.
2. Forget perfection.
Between the abundance of over-the-top holiday confections and halls decked to Pinterest-perfection, it can be tempting to try and recreate them. However, don’t torture yourself. Instead, enjoy the people you love and this special time of year. Simple can be lovely. Artificial trees and wreaths are amazingly lifelike, and many come with pre-strung twinkling lights all ready to sparkle.
3. Don’t do everything yourself.
For festivity prep, involve every member of the family right down to the tiny tots. Turn decorating, gift-wrapping, cooking and even housecleaning into family-time activities. Make a special holiday to-do list, and check it twice. If needed, don’t be shy about procuring holiday platters or home deliveries from your local supermarket or favorite eatery. Take advantage of free gift-wrapping services when offered.
4. Focus on others.
Talk about ways to share the season’s joy with others. Instead of wish lists, make a list of ways to practice generosity. These might include helping an elderly neighbor with shopping, inviting them to your home for dinner or participating in an annual toy drive. Teach your children that giving back is good for your own spirit and well-being.
5. Create meaning and memories through special family activities.
Buy a new cookie cutter each year and make baking and decorating cookies with your children an annual tradition. Choose a board game you can play throughout December. Read a special holiday story together. Trim the tree or light the menorah, and then toast the season with hot cocoa.
6. Take time to de-stress.
Turn your bath into a personal spa, if only for an hour or so. Light your favorite scented candles, play some soothing music and enjoy a relaxing bubble bath.
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