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Managing Holiday Stress

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Regardless of how much time or money you have, the holidays are pretty notorious for being a stressful time for a lot of us. From the crowds and added expenses, to visiting with people you may not see on a regular basis, things can get pretty tough for a number of reasons.

If you’ve found that the holidays are extremely stressful year after year, then trust that it’s okay to talk to your doctor about coping mechanisms that are individualized for you. However, if you’re in search of little ways of managing stress during the holidays, then we’ve got you covered. Take these three tips as a foundation, and build off of them according to your own, individualized needs.

3 Ways to Manage Holiday Stress

1. Forgive Yourself

It’s easy to get caught up in the idea of where we think we should be. Maybe we long for more money or more time so we can be everything and anything to everyone in our lives, and then feel defeated if we aren’t exactly where we thought we should have been. Before you go much further, start off by forgiving yourself. Forgive yourself for not being exactly where you thought you might be at this time, and trust that it’s okay to go slowly. At the end of the day, both you and wherever you are right now matters.

2. Establish Boundaries

The holidays shouldn’t be a time where you go into debt trying to spoil your friends and family, nor is it a time when you should feel obligated to see people who leave you feeling any less than good. Remember that it’s okay to set boundaries, it’s okay to change traditions, and it’s okay to shift your priorities.

3. Love Yourself

Before you begin to worry about the rest of the world, take a moment to send a little love to yourself. Trust that you are important, that you matter, and that you have more to offer the world than just the gifts you purchase.