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Posted on Nov 18, 2015 in Anxiety, Counseling, Depression, Family, Holidays, News, Relationships, Stress

How to Cope with Holiday Stress

Holidays can get tiring because of the demands that come with them. What is meant to be a time away from stress and tension may end up involving the same yet again. With a few resolutions and precautions, it is possible to ensure stress-free holidays by keeping all your worries at bay.


Understand your people

The key to be free from conflicts during happy occasions is not to be over sentimental. Purposely or not, your family members may behave in a way that might hurt you. Being tolerant of such niggling details will let you enjoy the festive time with your loved ones. Learn to let go of expectations and compulsive attitudes and be forgiving instead.

Try not to be fussy about people making fun of you, the traditions or celebrations. Learn to laugh with them or to simply counter them with a better joke.

Plan ahead of holidays

Holidays can mean a lot of work. So, planning is a must. Refer to the calendar and mark the days which you can set aside for yourself to enjoy this special time of year. If you will be traveling, plan the trips carefully so that there are no last minute rushes. Pack your luggage with a checklist to make sure that you’ve got everything in place. Make sure all the bills are cleared and all doors are locked before you leave. If you are traveling to a foreign destination, make sure all the paperwork is done well in advance.

Learn to say no

There will be situations which will require you to take strict and unbiased actions. Let your co-workers and friends understand your priorities. Never let a forced response come in the way of organizing your life; when you take a stance make sure it is the best one for you. Be careful, it doesn’t mean that you say no to everything, but simply try not to bite off more than you can chew.

Optimize the expenses

Manage your expenses carefully and realistically. Set aside a certain budget for the holidays and keep track of the expenditures regularly along the way. If you are traveling with friends, know if can receive a little help from them, when needed. Don’t be broke when you return home or get stuck in an unknown territory.

With these simple tips, you can enjoy your holidays without much worry. In any case, remember not to allow petty issues come between you and your loved ones during the festive season.

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