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Holiday Stress Reduction - Keep First Things First

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Holiday Stress Reduction

Managing Your Expectations

The holidays only come around once a year so you want to do it all! A little self-control can go a long way in keeping sanity in the season. Plan, plan, plan for the things that are important. If you can’t manage to do it all, then identify early on what the most precious events and traditions are for you and your family. Know when to stop and say enough is enough! Knowing your limits and sticking to them will keep you from overextending.

Managing Others Expectation

Generosity during the holidays (or any time of year) is an admirable trait. At some point, though, it’s possible to cross a line where others can take advantage of one’s generosity. Perhaps not intentionally, but all too often others may be eager for the help during the busyness of the holidays. To keep your generosity a positive experience, be comfortable saying “no” to tasks or events that aren’t as important to you. Every event you turn down leaves a more comfortable margin of room for the events that you do value. Also, share the tasks with others. Maybe you help with a certain event but can recommend someone who can.

Healthful Hints

Sticking to normal routines of diet and exercise can help keep your body and mind on track during the hectic holiday schedules. Avoid the tendancy to overindulge in food and drink, or to put off your regular exercise routines. And regular routines includes getting adequate sleep each night. The more you manage your expectations, that of others, and your routines the more joyful your holiday will be! Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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