5 Ways To Reduce Holiday Stress
Are those bells ringing in your ears a sign of holiday cheer or
a sign of too much stress? Don't let this Holiday Season slip by
in a blur of over scheduling. Commit to making changes -- one
step at a time and you'll discover the gift of a more enjoyable
year-end celebration. As you juggle the complexities of work,
home and family, here are 5 simple steps that may help you
become as jolly as ol' St. Nick.
5. Develop an list of everything you would like to do THIS
Holiday Season, then prioritize in order to get the most amount
of joy from the limited amount of time you have to spend with
family, friends and coworkers. Remember, this year's priorities
may look different than those of holidays past!
4. Express gratitude. What a great time of year to thank all of
those people who make your life worth living! Don't let the
hustle and bustle of the season steal away your opportunity to
be thankful for the people, experiences and events (both good
and bad) that made this year unique and memorable. If you're
sending greeting cards, why not add a personalized message about
why you are thankful for having the recipient in your life.
3. Learn to say NO -- put YOU first sometimes. It's ok to say
no! I repeat: it is ok to say NO! Schedule some "alone time"
during the holidays so you can reduce the temptation to take on
too many responsibilities that may cause a meltdown at the worst
2. Choose your battles wisely. As the end of the year quickly
approaches, you may be pulled in too many directions and it may
be impossible for you to attend every get together. Holidays are
often full of over taxed emotions so, rather than succumbing to
a confrontation, try to approach each situation as an
opportunity to accommodate the most important needs of those
involved. Express your opinion about the little things that are
causing extra stress instead of hiding those emotions that may
cause your temper to reach the boiling point.
1. Life really is about the journey. Savor the moments! That is
a difficult concept for those of us who are always striving
toward a particular goal. Savoring the moment means allowing
yourself enough time to celebrate each activity before rushing
on to the next event.
BONUS Stress Reducer: Buy copies of the Rat Race Relaxer Book --
52 stress busting tips, one for every week of 2005 -- a gift
that will challenge you and your friends to get what you want in
return for running the rat race!
While the keys may appear simple, they are guaranteed to help
you tackle the rat race head-on, and turn it into a race than
can be run --and won-- by charting your own course rather than
navigating someone else's.
_______________ Copyright 2004 Carey