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7 Ways to Cope with Stress during the Holidays

The holidays bring together family, friends, food, and…frustration?

 tired family

The table is set, the tree is trimmed, and each carefully chosen present is wrapped. Just when you think things couldn’t be any more perfect, your guest list of 20 arrives. Although the holidays provide a chance for time with relatives, they may lead some to family burnout. Use these tips to help you stay cheerful during this wonderful—though sometimes stressful—time of the year.

Retreat

Disappear to your man cave, or woman cave as it were. Sometimes a little “me” time can help clear your mind.

Go with the flow

Whoever said that grownups don’t like footed pajamas has clearly never owned a pair. Embrace new family traditions that make lasting memories.

Bite your tongue, but don’t hold your breath

Some things really are better left unsaid. Take a deep breath and remember that the holidays only come around once a year.

Have a lifeline

Keep your phone handy so that you can vent to your BFF. An objective point of view is often helpful when you’re in the thick of things.

Avoid hot-button topics

You know the list… politics, religion, diets, relationships, money. What’s mine really isn’t yours in this case.

Binge on holiday classics

Read a good book or watch a holiday movie. Sometimes it’s good to remember that your family gathering couldn’t be as chaotic as the Griswold’s.

Start your new year’s resolutions early

Burn off those holiday calories with a walk around the block. The fresh air will help clear your mind, and the exercise is good for your waistline.

 

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