Holiday Stress

It’s that most wonderful time of year– A time of celebrating peace, joy and love. It also tends to be chaotic, rushed and stressful. If you find yourself running in circles during the holidays, wondering when, or if, the peaceful moments will come, pay attention. I’ve got some tips to help you slow down and create more time for the traditions and people you love.⠀  ⠀ 1) Live by the list. Make your list and check it twice! It works for Santa, and it will work for you, too. Revise your to-do list, shopping list, household chore list, and work project lists daily and keep them with you at all times.⠀  ⠀ 2) Become a master delegator. Divide and conquer; you don’t have to do everything yourself. Get your family or co-workers involved in helping with holiday projects or errands.⠀  ⠀ 3) Team up. Want to sponsor a family in need, cook a holiday dinner for the local shelter, or host a neighborhood party? Make it an office or neighborhood project and let others share the burden, and reap the rewards, with you. You’ll find the experience more gratifying, and most likely your outreach will expand.⠀  ⠀ 4) Prioritize. Ask yourself which activities will contribute the most to your family’s holiday experience. Start with those, and what doesn’t get done won’t matter.⠀  ⠀ 5) Start with some me-time. Don’t leave yourself out while playing Santa’s helper this season. Give yourself time to relax, meditate, take a bath, do some yoga, or go for a walk.

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