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Holidays got you stressed out? It's supposed to be a joyous time, yet with so
much to do---shopping, cooking, baking, events to attend---it's difficult to find time
to relax. Increased stress can lead to poor food choices, interruptions to exercise
routines, and overall negative impact on your health. No need to worry! The
following tips will leave you cheery in no time.
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Reassess and Prioritize
Don't try to do it all. In his Last Lecture, Randy Pausch reminded us how valuable
our time is and only to spend time on the things that really matter to us. Make a
list and prioritize what really needs to get done. If you don't get to the rest, at
least you did what was most important to you.
No need to do it all yourself. Give everyone their "special jobs" that they are in
charge of during this busy time. Have your kids clean their own rooms and help
with other chores. Same goes for your significant other.
Don't be Afraid to Say No
If you're overwhelmed and find yourself struggling to stay afloat with how much
you have to do in the next few weeks, give yourself permission to say no. Saying
no to baking more cookies, volunteering your time, or attending events. Saying
no when you really can't or don't want to do something is an important part of
self-care and one of the best things you can do for yourself to feel less
Be Realistic About Relatives
Don't expect a scene out of It's A Wonderful Life this season with your family.
Instead, set short-term and realistic expectations with family members over the
holidays. Having a coping plan on ways you can deal with stress and tension can
also help. Taking a walk to get out of the house for example, or finding a quiet
place alone to read or listen to music for a bit.
Easier said than done, but having some down time to recharge your batteries will
make you a much happier and relaxed person overall. Treat yourself to a
massage or manicure, read a book, or take a walk.
Try and do some exercise
Physical activity can actually lower stress and help put things into perspective.
Even if you can't do your regular routine, doing even 10 minutes of exercise can
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