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Dealing With Holiday Stress

There is nothing worse than taking what is supposed to be a joyous, special time and turning into a frenetic, stress-filled crusade that will only make you and the people around you on edge (this can be said of many events, but let’s focus on the holiday season). Without meaning to editorialize, there is no question that our society is consumer driven and excessive. So how do we avoid falling into the traps that can make the holiday season less than jolly? 1). As Thoreau said, “Simplify, Simplify, Simplify.” Less is more and nothing has to be perfect! There is no such thing as the “perfect gift,” the “perfect meal,” or the “perfect tree.” If you’re using all you energy on make everything perfect, then when will you have the energy to just “be” and enjoy the small moments with friends and family? 2). Consider volunteering. Set a night or weekend aside, yes the weekend you planned on baking, wrapping gifts or finishing the decorating to spend a few hours at a homeless shelter, nursing home, soup kitchen or agency that serves individuals with special needs. There is nothing better than some perspective when you’re feeling anxious and overwhelmed because you burned a batch of chocolate chip cookies or the scotch tape went missing for the 5th time. 3). Take at least a 10 minute break in between preparation activities to sit and pay attention to your breath. Yes, even if you have to do it in your car, the bathroom or the food court at the mall. Forget everything that “needs” to be done and focus on you. **

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