Monthly Archives: November 2009

Holiday Stress Hotspot #4: Anticipation and Expectations

Holiday Stress Hotspot: Anticipation and Expectations

  • Be realistic. Just because it’s the holiday season, family issues will not suddenly disappear and everything will not be perfect.
  • Adjust your expectations. Expect a few bumps in the road at family events and gatherings and you’ll be better able to deal with them.
  • Relish traditions. Focus on those little traditions that evoke positive memories for the holidays: songs, events, rituals, and more. Consider creating new traditions if older ones are marred with mixed memories.
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Manage Holiday Stress Hotspot #3: A Lack of Time Stress

Holiday Stress Hotspot #3: A Lack of Time Complete your gift shopping early. This will relieve you of one of the biggest time stresses during the holidays. Refuse Invitations. You don’t have to go to every party you’re invited to. If party going becomes a chore or exhausting, step back and slow down the pace.… Continue Reading

How to Manage Holiday Stress Hotspot #2 Holiday Expenses

Holiday Stress Hotspot #2: Holiday Expenses Set a budget, and stick to it. Don’t buy gifts that you’ll spend the rest of the year trying to pay off. Think of alternative ways to give gifts (set up a gift exchange, make some handmade gifts or foodstuffs). Choose inexpensive ways of entertaining and enjoying. Have a potluck party… Continue Reading