Scrooge Who? Make the Holidays a Stress Free Time Of Year

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Okay, so maybe you aren’t quite as excited for Christmas as Buddy the Elf here, maybe you are completely the opposite. This is very understandable since the holiday season can be a stressful time of year.

The Mayo Clinic website has some great information about ways to ensure you have an enjoyable and less stressful holiday season.

  1. Reach out– the holidays can be a very lonely and isolating time for some. Something great about this time of year is that there are so many volunteer opportunities.  Taking advantage of these may help you feel less lonely. Volunteering can help you feel good by helping people in need and also allow you to be around others.
  2. Set a budget– the holidays can be a stressful time for those who cannot afford to spend extra money on gifts. Making a budget is a good way to identify how much you will be able to spend.
  3. Keep your regular routine– During times of celebration it can be easy to overindulge and When you are
  4. Learn to say NO– do not add more stress to your life by taking on extra responsibilities.  You are not responsible for making it a perfect holiday for everyone.  Be realistic – there may not be time to do everything you think you should, so think about what you cherish most about the holidays, and focus on attaining that.
  5. Plan ahead– Planning specific days to buy gifts, groceries and prepare meals can help with organization and prevent last minute errands.

To read the article in entirety and for additional tips visit http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stress/MH00030.

One last idea….. DIY gifts are a great way to decrease stress regarding gifts and money. There are many websites that have great Do It Yourself ideas for gifts for your loved ones. These gifts are more thoughtful, original and help you easily stay within your budget.

If the holiday season so far has been more stressful than enjoyable, try implementing some of these strategies.

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