Monday, December 9, 2013

Managing Holiday Stress

The holidays can be a difficult time for many people. Stress levels can increase related to finances, time management, family issues, and lack of self care. Here are a few tips to manage your holiday stress and increase the enjoyment you experience during this time of year!

1. Keep it simple.
Don't over commit yourself. Be realistic in what you have time to do, and don't take on more than necessary. Consider taking time off early in December to help add balance to your busy schedule with some time for self care.

2. Use your support system.
Delegate when appropriate and call for back up when entering an anxiety inducing situation, like going to a family member's home or the mall.

3. Identify what is important to you during the holidays.
Put things into perspective about what the holiday season means to you vs. the societal expectations/pressures.

4. Honor your financial picture.
Going into debt will cause more stress in the New Year, so if you have a limited budget to work from, try being creative with gifts from the heart. Set a dollar amount for each person on your list to stay on budget. Use cash instead of credit to avoid overspending.

Happy Holidays from Open Doors Counseling, Coaching and Consulting!

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