While the holidays can create some of the most joyful times in your life, they can also be the cause of a lot of stress. The stress can stem from a variety of situations such as family arguments, scheduling issues, and money problems. So how can you have a happier holiday season?

No matter what situation your stress is coming from, it’s important to take steps deal with your stress as best as possible.

Try using some or all of the following tips:

1.   It Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect. 

Chances are if you planned out an event, it probably won’t go exactly as planned. Every event has a glitch or two. Take a deep breath. Plan for the unexpected. Remember it’s your love, caring and intention that are most important to your friends or family.

2. Take Time Out For You.

We take time to think of others during the holidays. While that’s very important to maintain, you can’t forget about yourself in the process. Remember to schedule “me” time and focus on winding down. In order to take good care of others, you first have to take care of yourself.

3. Keep Your Temper.

While it may not be an issue with every family, sometimes a get together cause conflicts. Before you enter a family holiday event, remind yourself why you are there. You don’t want an argument to ruin your chance at a memorable holiday.

4. Keep Up Your Normal Routines.

Sometimes the excitement of the holiday season can mess with your daily routines. A little break from exercise might make a difference when it comes to your stress level. Try to keep up some type of exercise, as it will give you a release from stress.

5. Watch Your Diet.

It’s not fair to completely avoid yummy treats around the holidays, but at the same time you should eat in moderation. Watch what you’re putting into your body, because large amounts of certain foods can definitely affect how you feel. The two huge ones to watch are caffeine and sugary sweets.

6. Buy Yourself a Present.

While you’ve been budgeting money for everyone else, there’s no reason why you can’t buy yourself a little something. After all, you’re sure to be getting something that you want. You can even schedule yourself a massage, which is an excellent way to maintain a healthy stress level.

7. Get to Bed.

The excitement certainly kicks in during the holidays. Sometimes you’ll lose sleep because of stress, staying up late to finish extra tasks. Do yourself a favor by concentrating on relaxation and getting to bed at a decent hour. Losing sleep can set you up for extra stress before you know it.

8. Learn to Ask for Help.

Just about now you might be realizing that you have taken on way too many things. It’s time to delegate the tasks. Be aware enough to realize when you need some help and ask for it.

9. Be Prepared.

You probably have ideas in your head of how you’d like certain holiday events to play out. You also know that things don’t always go as expected. Realize that certain things will not be perfect, and you won’t feel so much stress if things do go wrong. Go with the flow and have back up plans if needed.

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