The 10 Ways to Manage Holiday Stress

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  • Remember you don’t get a new family for Christmas or Hanukah.
  • Try to work on accepting the people in your life for who they are, not who you want them to be.
  • Last year’s holidays are a good predictor of this year’s, make a mental note and prepare.
  • Plan on something novel in your holiday preparations, break the monotony and establish a new tradition.
  • Express love directly to those you care about beforehand, it will make the mood warmer and lighter.
  • Don’t adopt the perfectionist attitude, striving for perfection will make you and others tense.
  • Be grateful for every human being who you share the holidays with, they may not be here next year.
  • You may not be here next year so give your love freely, make these times to remember forever.
  • Enliven your spirit through thoughtful giving, not necessarily expensive giving.
  • Open your heart, try to calm yourself, and give as much affection and validation to your family and friends as possible, you won’t regret your efforts.

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    Arthur Ciaramicoli PhD

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