How to Manage Stress Around the Holidays

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The holidays are supposed to be, well, happy. But for most of us, jam-packed schedules, tight gift budgets and the pressure to get it all “right” can you leave you feeling anything but.

The good news is there are steps you can take today to ensure stress doesn’t get the best of you this holiday season.

Make a Must-Do List (and Check it Twice)

Write down everything you want to accomplish over the course of the season, from social events, to family gatherings, to tasks like decorating and shopping. Then find ways to trim excess stuff from your schedule so you aren’t overloaded. Can you say yes to just the two or three most important holiday parties, instead of every single one? Or pay a college student home on break to spend an afternoon stringing up your outdoor lights?

 

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