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Published on December 18, 2015

How to Handle Holiday Headaches

While the holidays are supposed to be a time of joy with loved ones, stress can quickly cause you to lose sight of the good times. The tips below will help you manage the many parties, get-togethers and events on your calendar – without losing your sanity.

  1. Know Your Limit: You simply cannot do everything yourself. Strive to be realistic and learn when to say no. Not only will you feel much more in control, but your family will also appreciate having you at your happiest. So don’t be scared to ask for help and let the kids share some of the responsibilities. If you’re hosting, ask friends and family to bring a side or help with the dishes. Make the cleanup memorable by listening to holiday music and telling stories of holidays past.

  2. Stick to Healthy Habits: While it’s ok to indulge a little over the holidays, anxiety can quickly lead to stress eating, lack of sleep and other unhealthy behaviors. Take 15 minutes a day to meditate and clear your mind of worry. Read a book or listen to soothing music. Get out of the house and go for a brisk walk in the fresh air. In addition to the physical benefits, exercise has a positive impact on the mind because the endorphins released help fight stress and improve your mood.

  3. Set a Budget: Money can be one of the biggest sources of anxiety, and costs over the holidays quickly add up with travel expenses, gifts and hosting. Establish a clear budget and set expectations with your kids. Some gifts on their lists might just be too expensive. Try a money management app to keep track of your finances, like Mint. If you’re hosting, don’t be afraid to ask guests to bring dishes to pass, dessert or a bottle of wine, which can help offset costs.

  4. Change Your Outlook: The holidays can often stir up old feuds or bad memories that only add to your stress. To keep things in perspective, try writing down what you’re grateful for in a journal. Be sure to tell your friends and relatives that you appreciate them as well.

    You should also keep in mind that nothing is perfect. Instead of focusing on getting every little detail absolutely right, accept the imperfections and learn to laugh at them. Sometimes they even become the most memorable part of the holidays.  

How do you manage your holiday stress? Share in the comments below!

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