How To Avoid Stress During The Holidays

@celticeagle (117561)
Boise, Idaho
November 6, 2016 3:00pm CST
During the holidays there are all sorts of stressers. So much to do in so little time. It is normal to feel a little pressured and pulled in several directions. How are you going to do it all? Here are a few ideas: 1 Be Realistic. This is a very important during the holiday season. Don't become overwhelmed by responsibilities and pressures. Know what your limits are and stand firm on what you can and can't be expected to do. Don't feel bad about asking for help or declining to do some things. 2 Financial Strains. Set a budget and stick to it. Commit to not using your credit card for anything but emergencies. Make sure your children understand that some toys are just too expensive. Even Santa has limits. Children need to learn that not all things they want are doable. 3 Time Constraints. You cannot totally change your life and your schedule during the holidays. You still have responsibilities and things that are important to you. You will need to learn to prioritize and keep a realistic view of what your able to do. 4 Family Problems. If there are bad feelings between you and a family member try to avoid them and don't make an issue of the problem. Don't pretend that all is okay but do try to avoid getting into situations where you know you will be put to the test. Be respectful and use tact when dealing with people and you will feel better about yourself and less stressful. 5 Tragedy and the season to be jolly. Things happen in life such as deaths and break ups that we do not plan. Ask the people around you to understand your feelings if you decline an outing or some of the holiday festivities. Friends and family will not know how to help you if you do not tell them what you need. 6 Keeping it together. Coping with feelings that may or may not have anything to do with the holidays can be hard at best. What are your expectations and make sure they are normal and realistic. Try to keep up a normal schedule. If the feelings you are having become too overwhelming and do not seem to lessen then perhaps you need to seek the help of a professional who can help you sort out your feelings. It is important not to let things get too out of hand before you seek help.
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• United Kingdom
6 Nov 16
i agree with 1 & 2. also, i want to keep myself calm and enjoy the holiday. i'm trying my best not to overthink and get anxious about things going wrong and those what ifs.
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@celticeagle (117561)
• Boise, Idaho
6 Nov 16
Keep busy and don't let those things in.
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@Marty1 (32460)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
6 Nov 16
@celticeagle I understand number 5. My family is making me celebrate the holidays. It won't be the same as I won't have my mom Christmas morning =(
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@celticeagle (117561)
• Boise, Idaho
6 Nov 16
That is rather sad.
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@Marty1 (32460)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
6 Nov 16
@celticeagle I will be better once I write out my Christmas cards as now that I walk to the library I am mailing them the day before Thanksgiving as I always wanted to be the first to send my Christmas card but my mom would not let me mail them till much later! I want to be the first card arriving on the people I send them!
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@celticeagle (117561)
• Boise, Idaho
6 Nov 16
@Marty1 .......That is good. I used to send out cards but do not anymore.
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@Jessicalynnt (47789)
• Centralia, Missouri
7 Nov 16
eat healthy as often as possible, so when you dont it doesnt do as much harm, exercise, sleep, etc
@Inlemay (16489)
• South Africa
7 Nov 16
just reading them has made me stress a little over some of them that will cause stress - EEEEEK