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7 simple ways to manage stress during the holidays

A couple snowshoeing in the woodsMost people experience their worst stress of the year during the “happiest season of them all.”

Reducing your stress can lead to a happier, brighter and healthier holiday season.

Consider these heart-healthy stress-reducing tips:

  • Take time out to organize and prioritize. Taking time to catch your breath and reassess will help.
  • Don’t do it all yourself – delegate! Make expectations clear to your loved ones and lower your standards just a bit to get it all done.
  • Set a budget and stick to it – you can’t get your child everything he or she desires. Even Santa Claus has limited funds.
  • Be realistic about your relatives. Don’t try to solve family issues around the holidays.
  • When the kids come home from college, set ground rules. They forget it’s your house and that you have rules. Remind them.
  • Continue your exercise regimen during this busy season. It’s a great way to steal a few moments for yourself.
  • Turn off the TV, put the winter gear on and get your family or friends out to play in the snow; or, get in the car to go look at holiday lights.

Who doesn’t want a perfect holiday? It’s human nature, but rethink your expectations and do your best to enjoy.

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