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11 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress

How to Make Time for Yourself During This Busy Season


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  • Be an inspiration to those around you by making the most of each day.
    My husband and I stopped giving each other Christmas gifts years ago. We don't have kids, so we take the money that we would have spent on each other, and buy toys and games for the local Christmas toy drive. We also donate to the local food bank.
  • Sometimes the most simple thing elude us until we see someone else suggest them or are reminded of them - thanks for the great article
  • Love the idea of taking a day off during the week. Just wondering if I can stretch it to two ;)

    I have some friends I've been having a cookie swap with for over 30 years. About 10 years ago we decided to quit giving each other gifts. Instead, we draw names and buy a toy that reminds us of that person. We wrap it up and at our party, we get to have the joy and fun of unwrapping a gift and laugh about why that particular toy was given! We then donate the toys to Toys for Tots or another charity.
  • Learning to say no is my biggest problem. I'm finally starting by not singing in as many concerts. Musicians have no relaxing time during the holidays. We go from rehearsal to rehearsal, then performance to performance, and finally Christmas Eve services. Once that is over, we can collapse. In years past, I was lucky if I got some decorations up.
    My reaction to articles like this is always the same. "How did we get in this mess in the first place?" There was a time in the dim reaches of history (say, 50 years ago) when Christmas was fun but not a six week long orgy of spending, eating and frenzy.

    I'm guessing one of the first steps we can take to get out of said mess is to turn that %$@*^ television off. It's nothing but a direct phone line from the National Retail Federation to our cerebral cortex and we need to hang up. If you can't turn the thing off, work that mute button when commercials come on. That's what the mute button is for.
  • Thanks for all the great advice.
  • Thanks so much for all the lovely tips. The charts are especially terrific references to keep for future use. Keep up the good and timely sharing.

    Great guide, thank you!
  • these are good things to remember for christmas thank-u
  • there certainly is something for everyone here!!! Noone is left out of Holiday ideas!
  • WOW, lots of ideas to stay SLIM and start January 1st way ahead of the game!!!

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