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Well-Being: How To Stay Stress Free During the Holidays

Written by: Erin Montgomery

We are now in full holiday swing, which means there is shopping to be done, parties to attend and lots and lots of food that has to be made. The holidays can be one of the most stressful times of year. But they don’t have to be!

As we enter the holiday season, keep in mind that you do not have to be the one with the most holiday cheer. As women, we think that all holiday festivities and traditions should be our responsibility. However, that makes us super stressful balls of tinsel and no one wants that.

One of the best ways to beat the holiday stress is to be okay with good enough. The holidays are time for family and family doesn’t judge (well most of them don’t!). It’s okay if your tree is leaning a little to the left or that your cookies aren’t decorated like little reindeer. Once you let go of the idea of a perfect holiday, you will find that your stress levels decrease and that you enjoy the holidays just a little bit more.

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Next is the shopping list! Every year it grows by one or two and your budget stretches that much more - which sends your stress levels through the roof. But, what if you threw away your list? Treat your family to a fancy dinner out, or a holiday play. Host a party just for the people on the list and show them how much you care by making their favorite foods! Gift giving does not have to be a perfectly wrapped present under the tree. 

There is nothing more stressful than having to pack up three kids and a dog to drive two hours across town to attend a family gathering. But families don’t always live close by. So, if you have to travel this holiday season:

  • Make sure your car is in working order.
  • Have your car checked by your mechanic before that long ride.
  • Make sure you fill up your tank the night before to ensure there is a smooth drive between houses.

And if all else fails? Sniff a lemon! The scent of a lemon is proven to boost your mood! So, when the stress of the holidays starts to feel like too much... stop and smell the lemons!

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