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Ways of Remaining Calm with the Approaching Holidays

The holidays are fast approaching. Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and a number of other holidays occur within a few months’ spans, and they can stress people out. If you feel holiday stress, anxiety, or panic, you may hate what is supposedly the happiest season. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can remain calm and relaxed as the holiday season approaches. One of the following methods may be perfect for you.

Give Yourself Time to Breathe

During the holiday season, your calendar is likely to be much fuller than normal. You may have work events, friends wanting to get together, school festivals, and, of course, family dinners, and other activities. While you may enjoy all of these events, they also take up a lot of your time and energy. Don’t forget to take some time for yourself. It may help to actually schedule your hobbies or workout sessions, so you know when you have an hour or two just for yourself. Don’t feel guilty about this, either, even if it means you have to miss an activity. It’s important that you give yourself a break every now and then.

It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect

Many people get so wrapped up in the presentation part of the holidays that they forget that it’s really about gratitude and being with each other. Don’t worry if your decorations aren’t perfect or if you weren’t able to figure out how your grandmother made her special pie. In the future, those aren’t the things you’ll remember, anyway. If you’re a few minutes late to a gathering or weren’t able to find the exact gift you wanted to get someone, it’s okay.

You Can Say No

Saying no to something is difficult, but sometimes, it’s what you have to do for your own wellbeing. If you find that you simply have too much scheduled, it’s okay to turn down some invitations. You can also certainly say no to an event that you know is going to make you anxious. For example, if you know that every dinner with your aunt results in you feeling belittled or bullied, don’t go. Sometimes, drawing that one boundary is enough to transform your entire holiday season.

If you’re uncertain about what your holiday season holds and want some guidance, I can help. I’m Mel Doerr, and I can assist you in making the right choices to keep calm during the holidays. Contact me today to learn more.

Mel Doerr

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