Ways to reduce holiday stress

November 19, 2009 | 4 Comments

The holidays can be by far the most stressful time of the year. All the preparations, decorating, gift giving, travel arrangements, holiday parties and all the money spent during this time of year can stress out even the most calm person. The Daniel Island News, Issue Nov. 12-18, 2009 took a poll last week and asked “What steps do you take to reduce holiday stress?” The answers were as follows-

  • Plan, pray and breathe
  • Take time to appreciate what you have every day. Losing focus of what the holidays truly represent is the first step in creating stress.
  • Plan ahead, commit less and take a day to do nothing but enjoy the holiday, with no “must-do’s
  • Plan baking projects in advance and freeze gifts ahead of time.
  • Instead of getting wrapped up in the materialism of the holidays, enjoy simple traditions such as books, seasonal shows, movies and great food.
  • Shop early and avoid relatives until the last possible moment.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Get real with what you can do and believe that it’s enough
  • Celebrate the true meaning of the season vs. materialism and hype
  • Drink responsibly
  • Try to be as calm as possible and see all family when it’s best for your family on your schedule
  • Shop earlier!
  • To reduce entertaining stress, visit www.cooksillustrated.com
  • Learn to just say “No

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