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Tis the season for holiday stress – but there are ways to overcome it!
As Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s Day draw near, a large majority of us will feel some stress. To cope, here are a few tips that can help you have a stress-free holiday season this year.
Be realistic. Unrealistic expectations may be the largest stressor of all. Don’t compare yourself to an ideal. Instead, feel good about what you’ve accomplished.
Keep the lines of communication open. If your children are expecting x, y and z but you are only giving them x, say to them, “Hey, this is what we are going to do this year and it’s OK.”
Just say no. Being stretched between multiple commitments is exhausting and will heighten the stress.
Take time for yourself. It is especially important to exercise and keep up with healthy habits this time of year.
Give back to the community. Bringing holiday cheer to someone in need will help remind you how blessed you are.
We wish you a happy and stress-free holiday season!
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