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Posted 19th December 2008 at 09:49 AM by Ransy


The holiday season can be a time to relax our bodies, calm our minds, and refresh our souls; it is also a time of festivities, parties, shopping, entertaining, religious observances, family gatherings, decorating, and...STRESS! With all demands we place on ourselves and expectations of the season, is it no wonder that most of us feel some stress during the holiday season.

Are you one of those persons that are shopping at last minute? Did you know that nothing creates more holiday stress than last-minute shopping and preparations? Take charge of your holidays in advance by making lists of things to do, to keep you organized. Why not plan out the whole season, if necessary from shopping gifts and grocery, to time-out for relaxing. When shopping, use gift-wrapping services. Try shopping at home from mail-order catalogs or over the internet.

Keep It Simple
Decide what activities you and your family would most enjoy doing and focus on those. Share responsibilities with others and learn to say NO gently, but firmly to social events that are over your limit. People will understand. Often, traditional fare is appreciated most, with guests providing some of the dishes. Let go of old traditions if they no longer work for your family and that take too much time. Mix old traditions with new conveniences.

Do holiday preparations strain your budget? Make a budget and stick to it. Don’t forget hidden expenses. Choose simple, thoughtful, or useful gifts. How can you enjoy the holidays if you’re worried about paying your bills? Taking action toward getting in control of your finances can provide enormous relief all by itself.

Emotional Roller Coaster
The holidays can be hard on your emotions. If family gatherings are stressful, avoid long visits, either in your house or away. Finding your balance is a day-by-day matter, caring for yourself and others will make your holiday more satisfying.

Have an open mind. Everyone succeeds because relaxation can be as simple as doing nothing. This “can’t fail” attitude is one of the most important elements for learning how to relax.

Take Care Of Yourself
Give yourself some time for rest and renewal each day. Get enough sleep. Fatigue can lead to stress, Avoid overindulgence in holiday food (overeating), alcohol abuse, and numerous family problems. Maybe you can do something special for people you don’t know. Helping the less fortunate can help you put your own problems into perspective. Think about what the holidays are actually celebrating and try to stay true to that spirit. This year, make a conscious effort to make this a less stressful holiday season.

Ransy Reynis
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    You're absolutely right the stress of the holiday is such an emmotional roller coaster if you'll allow it to be. That reminds of one of my favorite cliches "As a man thinketh in his heart so is he."

    So if you think are not going to pan out the way you want them, then your right! If you're going to enjoy your family during this special time of year, guest what you're right again.

    Let's all make the best things this year. I know I am I thank God I'm still here. I'm recovering from a stroke this past fall. Sure recovery has challenge, but, still I'm grateful for the daily opportunites, as well as the challenges!

    So enjoy your time with your family & may you all a Merry Christmas & Properous New Year
    Posted 19th December 2008 at 11:57 AM by moneycometh moneycometh is offline

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