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Stress? What Stress? How to Keep Calm and Enjoy the Most Hectic Time of Year – The Holidays

The holiday season is here, and like every year, it seems to have arrived earlier than the year before. Which means all those holiday errands and shopping we’ve been putting off because they’re still months away can be postponed no longer. Not only does gift shopping, card sending and family meal planning consume every extra minute of our day, let’s not forget all those holiday parties! The holidays are a hectic time of year—there's no way around that. But that doesn't mean you have to dread December.

Holiday Tips

According to Personal Certified Life Coach Jan Marie Dore, following these five tips will alleviate stress and put the joy back in your holiday!
  • plan ahead
  • get organized and delegate
  • set boundaries
  • practice self-care
  • adopt an attitude of gratitude

Though it can be overwhelming, look around and take notice of all that is at your fingertips to help in preparing for this busy season. If you find yourself short on time with a few gifts left to buy, hop online and chances are you are not too late to order that perfect gift. Most businesses offer special holiday deliveries, sometimes in as few as one to two days and as late as a few days before Christmas. Or, use your lunch break and get out of the office for a breath of fresh air and run your errands nearby in downtown, rather than your usual stores near your home.

Employers can also make the season a little easier to handle by offering employees ways to control, manage and eliminate holiday stress. According to human resources consultant Susan Heathfield, companies can provide tokens of appreciation, such as bringing food to work for a holiday feast, reducing hours the week before Christmas so employees can run errands, providing child care, giving the annual or quarterly bonus during the holidays and encouraging casual dress to promote a more relaxed atmosphere.

Though it is easy to get caught up in the stress of this hectic time of year, why not go for a walk, enjoy the holiday lights and remind yourself of the true meaning of the holidays? This may be different for everyone, but the bottom line is the true meaning of the holidays is not trying to have the biggest, best light display in our yard, maxing out credit cards to buy the biggest gift or impressing others at our office holiday party.

Take the advice of professionals like Jan Dore, a certified life coach, and bring your holidays back to the basics —you and your family will be much happier and you are guaranteed to celebrate the best holiday season ever!