It’s beginning to look a lot like...stress!
Holiday season has the potential to increase our stress levels. Holiday season is upon us and with the proper strategies in place you can reduce your stress. Be willing to be flexible to requests without being afraid to know when to say ‘enough.’
Set aside differences. Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don't live up to all of your expectations. Set aside grievances until a more appropriate time for discussion. A smile and nod can go a long way in avoiding a confrontation that will only result in angry feelings.
Plan ahead. If you are cooking a big meal, do some ahead of time and put it in the freezer. Look on line for recipes that freeze well or can be done in a slow cooker. Hate making dessert? Assign it to someone else or buy a ready made dessert.
Ask for help. Holiday time is not the time to be a superhero. Ask others to help you or just let some things go. Use gift bags and tissue paper, there are lots of pretty options out there, not everything has to be gift wrapped. Don’t let the messy closet get to you, close the door.
Budget. We hear it all the time, money worries add stress. Give a homemade gift, slim down the gift list.
Be Grateful. Take time each day to be grateful.
Be Polite. Remembering your manners will reflect positively back to you. Smile at the clerk behind the counter, thank your family.