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11 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress

How to Make Time for Yourself During This Busy Season


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I agree that you don't have to eat all the goodies now but I don't agree that there is always next year. We're not promised tomorrow and life can change in 1 heart beat. Report
More things to think about when I'm busy. Report
Good suggestions but I find the picture of someone doing yoga a bit offensive to the Christmas holiday meant to honor the Lord Jesus Christ. Report
I will try this. Report
I did the simplification some years back, and boy does it make the holiday a LOT more enjoyable!! Report
Great article! Report
My stress is thinking about each and every Christmas that I have ever had in my life. Report
Thank you for these great ideas! Report
Thank you! Just in time! Report
This is an excellent article. I woke up this morning with a feeling of dread for all there is to do for the holidays. I'm definitely using some of these suggestions. Report
Be an inspiration to those around you by making the most of each day. Report
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. Report
Sometimes the most simple thing elude us until we see someone else suggest them or are reminded of them - thanks for the great article Report
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. Report
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. Report

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