Reducing holiday stress

For many families, the holidays are a time of joy and quality moments spent with loved ones. However, it can often be a stressful time. For some, it may even be a time of turmoil and heartache. And all of that can happen due to normal stress.

So what can you do to reduce that holiday stress?

Unrealistic expectations

Take a moment and picture the perfect family holiday. Have something in mind? Chances are pretty good that your holiday won’t go exactly as you’ve pictured it. Often, unrealistic expectations about the holidays play a big part in your stress level.

Don’t set your sights on an unattainable vision of how things will go! It’s important to remember that everything probably won’t go as planned, and that’s perfectly okay.

Financial burdens

An area that often factors into stress level is your financial situation, especially if you have financial burdens.

For example, many more women are now working outside the home. Depending on the financial situation, that may mean they can’t afford to take the entire day off work to stay home and cook the “perfect” meal.

Remember, a little self-awareness, self-care, and realistic expectations during the holidays can go a long way. Don’t overwork yourself trying to make everything perfect.

Just enjoy the special occasion with your entire family!

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