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  • Holiday Stress Prevention Tips

    The holidays are right around the corner! And that means many of us will begin losing our minds, patience, and good cheer. The holidays are one of the most stressful times of the year. Between shopping, decorating, and keeping your drunk aunt away from your recently widowed neighbor, it’s enough to pull your hair out!

    If you tend to get a little stressed over the holidays, here are some tips to help you stay cool, calm, and collected.

    Embrace Flaws

    Nothing and no one is perfect, you forget to buy your friend a gift, multiple trips to Home Depot to buy another string of lights, you burn the food that you prepared for family. No matter how hard you try to have “the perfect holidays,” it may not happen. Accept imperfections, embrace reality, and just focus on connecting with loved ones and creating happy memories. It’s about the “spirit” of the holidays and connecting with others not about having the perfect house, gift or food. 

    Be Kind

    Most of the people you will come in contact with will be stressed out of their minds as well. And some people feel very sad and depressed around the holidays because of loss and other trauma. Since you can’t know what’s in other people’s hearts and minds, and you can’t control other people’s actions, focus on controlling your own and show kindness. You’ll be surprised how you can completely touch another’s heart and change their attitude with just a smile or thoughtful act.

    Practice Self-Care

    Often, when we feel stressed, our good habits go right out the window! Why eat healthy when you can eat a delicious holiday cake, cookies and pie? But unhealthy foods, too much alcohol and not enough sleep will only make you feel more stressed out. So be sure to treat yourself well and take care of your health during this time.

    Think about some healthy self care practices that you can begin now. Such as: getting outside to soak up some morning sun (this will help your nighttime sleep schedule), exercise (go for a walk), talk with friends, start a new hobby, read a book and cozy up to the fireplace while drinking hot chocolate, light a candle. This is the season to be cozy and embrace all that the season has to offer. And practice gratitude for the life, work, friends, relationships, warmth you have in your life. 

    Speak with Someone

    If you are having a hard time dealing with stress, it’s a good idea to talk with someone. This could be a friend, family member, clergy, or therapist. Often, just having someone else hear us and validate our feelings can help relieve stress and this may help you not feel all alone. 

    If you’d like to speak to someone, please get in touch with me. I’d love to help you de-stress so you and your loved ones can enjoy the holiday season.