Do your holidays feel toxic?

For some, the holidays can feel almost toxic, or at the very least painful. If the holidays feel like a month-long panic attack to you, try these tips
  • Uni-task; don’t multi-task
  • Create a playlist that soothes your soul
  • Learn to say “no” and mean it
  • Set healthy boundaries
  • Let others host the party, make the dinner, plan the event
  • More tips on saving your sanity
Sometimes it’s you or your family at the root of holiday stress. Families go through life-changing events throughout the year which can come out in blaring ways during the holidays. Some of those causes are Wherever your holiday stress is coming from, remember there are ways to avoid it or recover from it. Don’t let the holidays get your down! Share a healthy tip on how you manage holiday stress.

Holiday Pressure Cooker?

Before your holidays get to the pressure-cooker stage, take a minute. Reduce holiday stress; create the holiday you want. Keep the joy and the stress of family in perspective… from family dinners and obligations to family traditions. While you’re at it, don’t forget to keep a healthy heart during the holiday season.  Try these tips to keep the pressure-cooker lid on!
  • Be realistic about what you can accomplish this season
  • Simplify your holiday plans
  • Make a budget…and stick to it!
  • Be active whenever you can
  • Take a minute – sit, close your eyes, breathe
  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep most nights
  • Eat nutritious meals when you can
  • Ask for hlep when you need it
  • Forgive and forget
  • Use the Stress Center resources. There are tip sheets, video clips, books, articles, and powerpoints.
What works for you when holiday stress starts to get out of hand…?