The Coshocton County Beacon December 21, 2016 - Page 19

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Stress strategies for the holidays

COSHOCTON - The holidays - a time of festivity , parties , shopping , entertaining , religious observances , family gatherings , decorating , and stress . With all the extra demands we place on ourselves and expectations of the season , is it any wonder that most of us feel some stress during the holiday season ? The source of holiday stress is simple : When it comes to time , money , social and family commitments , most people try to do too much . Here are some strategies for making your holidays a time of renewal .
Set priorities . People tend to overextend themselves during the holidays . It ’ s not necessary to attend every party and celebration that comes along . Decide what activities you and your family would most enjoy doing and focus on those . Learn to say “ no ” gently but firmly to social events that are over your limit .
Plan ahead . 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 and setting aside some time each day for them . Consider setting a cutoff date ; after that date , things that haven ’ t gotten done will be deferred until next year .
Keep it simple . A holiday feast doesn ’ t have to be elaborate to be wonderful .
Often traditional fare is appreciated most , with guests providing some of the dishes . Try shopping online from home . Let someone else compete for the “ most fabulous holiday preparations ” award .
Stay in budget . Do holiday preparations strain your budget ? Learn to say no to expensive holiday ideas . Choose simple , thoughtful , or useful gifts over elaborate , expensive surprises . How can you enjoy the holidays if you are worried about paying your bills ?
Riding the emotional roller coaster . The holidays are hard on our emotions . The holidays of our childhood take on a magical glow that is often impossible to recover in adulthood . If family gatherings are stressful , avoid long visits , either in your house or away . Defer settling family arguments until some other time . Be willing to let go of old traditions if they no longer work for your family , and find new ones that do .
Take care of yourself . Counter the holiday pressures by giving yourself some time for rest and renewal each day . Avoid overindulgence in holiday food , alcohol and caffeine . Think about what the holidays are actually celebrating and try to stay true to that spirit .
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