3 Ways to De-Stress During the Holidays


By: , – Maria Masters, Family Circle
12/3/2013 6:00 AM   :  2 comments   :  6,909 Views

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The holidays are supposed to be a happy time—but all too often they can leave you frazzled and exhausted. When your schedule starts to stress you out, decompress with these three tips.

Seasonal Stressor:

"I'm coordinating four Christmas parties and a bake sale. It'll take a miracle to pull them all off."

Merry Maker: Wrap some presents.

When you are feeling overwhelmed take a short break and do a mindless chore that lets your thoughts wander. Preforming monotonous tasks can boost creativity and problem-solving ability according to a study from the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

Seasonal Stressor:

"I'm going broke just thinking about all the presents on my kids' wish lists."

Merry Maker: Pitch in at a local charity.

The holidays are about giving, not receiving. If your bills (and anxiety levels) are spiraling out of control, try refocusing with a family visit to a soup kitchen or nursing home. Volunteering may also trigger the release of feel-good hormones. Find a worthy cause at volunteermatch.org.

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