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Handling Holiday Stress

Holiday time can be extremely stressful.  You may find yourself rushing around with so much to do and not enough time to get everything done.  You may feel that you are under pressure to be everywhere at one time, find the perfect gifts, or be the perfect host or guest at various social gatherings.

So much of our stress during the holidays, and year round, is self imposed.  We get stressed out when our expectations of what we should be doing don’t line up with what we are doing in that moment.  Don’t let yourself be a slave to your to do list or your worries about what other people will think of you.  Be satisfied with trying the best you can.  You don’t have to impress anyone else.

I try to enjoy every moment of every day.  I hope you’ll agree with me that life is too short to walk around stressed out all the time.  Try to remember that when you are standing in a long line while shopping.  Can you make a commitment to bring a smile to someone else’s face wherever you go?  This could be as easy as starting a pleasant conversation with your waitress at a restaurant, the person behind you in line at the grocery store or the person you hold the door open for at the mall.

Try it and I think you find that by the end of the day you will be happier, feel better about yourself and be less stressed.  These are simple things, but they work for me.

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