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Wellness news: Holiday stress prevention tips

Dec 8, 2016

The holiday season is a time full of celebrations with friends and family. However, it can also bring additional stress due to family conflicts, finances and time constraints. The extra demands and expectations that come along with the entertaining, shopping, decorating, baking and cleaning can lead to extra stress.

Use the following tips to help prevent getting too stressed out during the holiday season:

  • Plan ahead - Make lists for gift giving and holiday meal menus so that you do not spend extra time in the malls or grocery stores searching for the perfect item.  Schedule time to go to the mall and other stores so that you can make the most out of each trip.
  • Learn to say no - Get a calendar to organize your holiday commitments.  Having a way to quickly see all of your holiday activities at once can help you to manage your time and avoid overbooking yourself. If the calendar has too many entries, allow yourself the luxury of saying no to new commitments.
  • Create a budget - Include holiday decorations, gift giving and meal preparations in your budget. This will help you to keep track of your spending so that you are not overwhelmed by debt after the hustle and bustle of the season is over.
  • Allow extra time - Whether you are traveling by car or by air, allow yourself extra time to reach your destination. Many people travel during the holiday season, leading to heavy traffic and long lines at airports.

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