How to reduce stress and make all your holidays happy and bright?

It’s called “The most wonderful time of the year”. But between buying gifts, trying not to break your healthy eating habits, attending parties and family gatherings, it can also be the most stressful time of the year.
Let It Go…
The holidays can bring up a lot of emotions.
Maybe you’re stressed about money, missing a departed loved one, dreading spending time with a problematic family member?  The worst thing you can do is keep everything in, so talk to someone you trust to be your sounding board. Follow your instincts, trust yourself, let go of the past and unrealistic expectations, step into your power, and go on, no matter what.
If you want the Christmas cookie, eat the cookie!
The holidays are a time to treat yourself.
Just watch your portion sizes and try to make healthy choices the majority of the time. And remember, too much sugar, salt, fat, etc. can impact your motivation, mood, and energy—another great reason to indulge in moderation.
Make Time for Self-Care.
I can’t overstate the importance of self-care during the holidays.
But I’ve got too much to do, how am I supposed to make time for self-care?  When you are crazy busy is when you need self-care most. So make sure to schedule time for YOU with a quick facial or a relaxing massage. Even ten minutes to get outside for a breath of fresh air.
can positively impact your mental health.
Make a Budget and Respect It.
Thoughtfulness is priceless and costs you nothing.
We all want to be generous with our loved ones, but holiday shopping shouldn’t jeopardize our financial health. Be realistic about what you can afford, set a budget, and stick to it. And remember: thoughtfulness doesn’t have value.
Plan and plan some more.
Procrastination is a major source of stress and anxiety.
What’s most important to YOU during the holidays? Do yourself a favor and get as prepared for the holidays as soon as possible. Decorate the first week of December. Complete your holiday shopping early, and do as much of it as you can online, away from the crowds. Plan your holiday meals and purchase as many nonperishable ingredients as you can in advance. Ask for help If you’ve got too much on your plate.

Being clear on your priorities will help you stay focused on what matters most so you can have the most meaningful holiday experience. We all want the holidays to be memorable and meaningful, but if you’re striving for perfection, you’re setting yourself up for a lot of stress and disappointment. Perfection doesn’t exist and chasing it will only make you crazy. Let go of having the “perfect” holiday and be okay with having an authentic, “good enough” one. I guarantee you’ll end up enjoying yourself a lot more.

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