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Put the Brakes on Holiday Stress

It’s so easy to get caught up in the “shoulds” at the holidays — and to become stressed in the process. This year, decide which of these tips you will use to help reduce your stress and to allow yourself to enjoy the season.

  • Ask people what they want instead of scouring the earth to find the “perfect” gifts.
  • Stick to your gift budget.
  • Buy some prepared foods instead of cooking everything from scratch.
  • Ask others to bring their favorite dishes.
  • Cook and freeze foods ahead of time.
  • Simplify holiday commitments and traditions. Discuss with your family which traditions are most important to you and to them. It's okay to re-evaluate past traditions.
  • Allow time for yourself. Remember to do things that you enjoy.
  • Don't over-schedule yourself. Allow enough time to relax and recover after visiting with others.
  • Tell family members about your commitments so you are not struggling against their expectations.

Source: Cleveland Clinic


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