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The holiday season is finally here! Several family gatherings, holiday parties, gift giving and of course lots and lots of shopping! With tons of things to prepare and holiday gatherings to attend, stress during the holidays is inevitable. How can you stay calm and be able to enjoy the company of friends and family during the holidays without having to worry about tons of things?


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Here are tips to help you manage holiday stress:

Take A Break
Be Realistic
Shop Online
Eat Healthy
Find Time To Exercise
Do Not Overspend
Enjoy The Moment

1. Take A Break.

When you feel very stressed, take a break. Stop what you’re doing whether you’re preparing for your holiday party or wrapping gifts, take a quick break. Listen to your favorite music, go outside for a walk, call a friend or watch TV. Taking short breaks will help you relax and clear your mind.


2. Prioritize.

Make a list of the things you need and write it down according to priority. Review the things on your list to make sure it’s not out of control. To make things easier, you might want to cancel the things or tasks that are unnecessary.


3. Be Realistic.

Do not be embarrassed to ask for help when you need it. Know your limits. You should be able to know what you can and cannot do. Be realistic. If there are things that you feel are would be impossible for you to accomplish before your holiday party, call your friends or family members for assistance. Most of your friends and family members will be more than willing to help you. They’ll even offer to help you decorate for the party, cook or do errands for you. 


4. Shop Online.

Are you stressing about the holiday gifts and things you need to buy or finding parking in the crowded malls during this holiday season? If you are, online shopping is right for you. Online shopping is a convenient way to find, compare and buy holiday presents and other things you need and want. Not only will you be able to find the best price for the items you like online, but you will also be able to avoid the crowded malls during the holidays.


5. Eat Healthy.

With so many holiday parties, it’s hard to eat healthy and light. However, if you want to stay healthy and be able to manage stress during the holiday season, eating healthy is key. Eating too much will make you feel sluggish or lazy afterwards, which can cause delay in the things you’ll need to do.


6. Find Time To Exercise.

Regular exercise is proven to be the best stress reliever. Exercise is good for everyone. It will help relax your body and mind. However, with our busy schedule during the holidays, who has time? You don’t have to allocate an hour or more or go to they gym to exercise. You can go outside and take a quick 15-minute walk. You can even exercise at home by dancing to your favorite music.

If you have a medical condition, be sure to consult your doctor before exercising.


7. Do Not Overspend.

Fight the urge to spend on unnecessary things. Stop buying. There are a lot of good deals out there, which will tempt you to spend more, but be sure to stick to your list and your budget. Otherwise, you might be stressed after the holidays when you receive your bank statements and credit card bills.



8. Enjoy The Moment.

When you’re finally done with your holiday shopping, preparations and parties, learn to enjoy the moment. It is important to focus and spend time with people who are important and rally matter to you. Sit down, relax and enjoy quality time with your family and friends because before you know it the holiday season will be over.


Happy holidays! Have a wonderful time with your friends and family!


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Kate Allado, Senior Care ExpertAbout the Author: Catharine D. Allado is a Senior Care Expert and the COO of – A trusted and comprehensive online directory of Senior Care Homes such as Assisted Living, Nursing Homes and other types of Senior Housing in California, Florida, New York, Arizona and the rest of the United States. also provides FREE Assisted Living options to help seniors and families find the best Senior Housing on the planet!



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