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6 Ways To Ease Holiday Stress

Do the holiday's stress you out? Well, your not alone! The good news is that there are things you can do to help reduce holiday stress and make them a fun and relaxing time.

Stress symptoms may be affecting your health, even though you might not realize it. You may think illness is to blame for that irritating headache, your frequent insomnia or your decreased productivity at work. But stress may actually be the cause. During the holiday stress can be at its highest. Try these 6 #fitfriday tips to help reduce that holiday stress.

  1. Plan Ahead - Avoid arguments and hurt feelings about who, when, and how you spend your holiday. By planning ahead and including as many people as possible in the discussion you can help mitigate holiday time-spend conflicts.

  2. Set Attainable Expectations - The goal of the holidays is to enjoy your time together. Don't try to cram in too many activities or make every meal and get together perfect.

  3. Stay Calm - If you or other family members get into a dispute, do what you can to keep or regain everyone's composure before moving forward. This could mean removing yourself from the situation or engage in other soothing activities, such as going for a walk. When you come back, it will be easier to see one another's point of view and help to come up with a compromise or creative solution.

  4. Agree To Disagree - Take hot-button issues, such as politics, religion, dietary opinions, money or passenger parenting - off the table. Remember you can love someone even if you don't see their viewpoint on particular topics or necessarily agree with how they choose to manage their household. We're all different and our difference should be a cause for celebration and not conflict.

  5. Think Positive - Something will go wrong with your holiday plans, it's inevitable. A flight might get delayed, cookies burned, gift not in stock. Don't let these small set-backs or speed bumps overshadow the holidays. Spending quality time with family and friends should be the focus. Time is short and not guaranteed. Live in the moments that make lasting memories.

  6. Take Care Of Yourself - Healthy habits have a way of taking the back burner during the holidays. We tend to indulge more, stay up later or drop exercise routines. However, taking care of your physical and mental health can be the antidote to holiday strain.

May the Holiday season fill your home with joy, your heart with love, and your life with laughter.

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