16 Holiday Stress Tips to Soothe Christmas Shopping Stress & Holiday Depression from Relaxintuit.com's Award-Winning Stress Relief Expert Susie Mantell

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Creating joyous, meaningful holidays is no simple task. As Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and a New Year approach, award-winning stress management expert Susie Mantell shares “16 Holiday Stress Tips for More Joyful, (Less Stressful!) Holidays.” Customizing stress relief for clients including Verizon, Ford, AETNA, The Coca-Cola Company, New York Hospital and Canyon Ranch, listeners of Mantell’s award-winning meditation CD for relaxation, “Your Present: A Half-Hour of Peace” include The Mayo Clinic, Sloan-Kettering, The Betty Ford Center, and thousands of men and women longing for instant relaxation, and a great night's sleep.

"Your Present: A Half-Hour of Peace" Award-Winning Guided Meditation CD by Stress Relief Expert Susie Mantell

"Your Present: A Half-Hour of Peace" Award-Winning Guided Meditation CD by Stress Relief Expert Susie Mantell

"Peace for you alone... Mantell takes listeners on a gentle journey, effortlessly floating worries and stress away." -The Los Angeles Times (Health Section)

The Christmas season bustles with list making, mall crawling, web surfing... until that delicious sigh of relief as the last ribbon is curled. Balancing personal and business responsibilities during the holidays can challenge even the most self-aware among us (in the most 'functional' families). Award-winning author / stress management expert Susie Mantell of Relaxintuit.com shares “16 Holiday Stress Tips for More Joyful, (Less Stressful!) Holidays:”

1. Create a Pre-Holiday Timeline: Prevent last-minute anxiety, and the dreaded Christmas Eve Crunch.
2. Shop Smart: Before heading to stores, comparison shop online for best prices and reviews. Examine merchandise thoroughly for defects. Ask about warrantees, especially for big-ticket items.
3. Co-Op Shop: Trade babysitting with friends so you can each shop hands-free. Coordinate holiday gift shopping expeditions, picking up what each other needs at stores you visit. Co-Op Cook: Bake two lasagnas while a neighbor makes chili for both families. Bake two pies or batches of cupcakes. Swap.
4. Wrap-As-You-Shop: Avoid midnight marathon wrapping by wrapping the same day you buy.
5. Simplify: Allowing guests to bring something often makes people feel more at home. Ask your family to reevaluate more demanding traditions. Could skating and a sleepover replace baking four different Christmas cookies from scratch?
6. Ask What People Want: Surprises are wonderful, but so is receiving your heart’s desire. Knowing people will love their presents also relieves shopping stress.
7. Safety First: When shopping online, use only trusted, secure websites that provide phone support. Look for a lock, and address fields showing: “h t t p s”    
8. Save Holiday Gift Receipts in One Place: Check returns policies. Get gift receipts. Billing problem? Ask your credit card company to dispute it with the vendor for you.
9. Consider January Sales: Wrap a photo, or toy version, with an I.O.U. Buy it on sale after Christmas.
10. January 2nd, open a Holiday Savings Account: Auto-transfer each week. You’ll be so glad next December.
11. Soothe Holiday Stress & Depression: Schedule breaks for rest, meditation, laughing with friends, mindful breathing. Smile. You don’t even have to mean it for smiling to lift your spirits. Smiling sends a mind-body message to the brain: “I must be okay-- I’m smiling.” Eat healthily and exercise daily. Then, when you splurge on a treat, enjoy every bite.
12. Spread “Peace on Earth:” Let someone go ahead in line. Invite somebody who’s alone to join you for a holiday meal.
13. Connect: On hectic days, even a ten-minute decaf with someone you like is a terrific stress-buster. Missing faraway friends? Schedule catch-up phone dates.
14. On Your Own This Year?: Plan a getaway, join a choral group, volunteer. Organize a girls (or guys) night-out. Invite neighbors for movies or games, order in and use festive paper goods. Have everyone bring wrapped grab-bag gifts under $10. Play with puppies in a pet store. Visit seniors.
15. Practice Gratitude: Courtesy’s a *guaranteed* stress-buster. Thank six people daily, (e.g. letter carriers, 1st responders, teachers, nurses). Tip generously. Holiday salespeople deal all day with rushing, rude, sometimes, ruthless people. A warm, appreciative smile’s a simple to way to reduce their stress – and yours.
16. Need Stress Relief Gift Ideas?: Healthy, Affordable Stress-Buster Gift Ideas (pdf)

  • About Stress Management Expert Susie Mantell -

Susie Mantell customizes seminars for clients including Verizon, Ford, New York Hospital, AETNA and Canyon Ranch. Featured by ABC, NBC, CBS TV, The Los Angeles Times and The Coca-Cola Company, Mantell’s deeply soothing meditation CD, 'Your Present: A Half-Hour of Peace,' (“Best Audios Award” –Publishers Weekly), provides instant respite from stress, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and pai. [Special: Buy 5 CDs --Get 6 on Relaxintuit.com ISBN #978-09650724-10, $14.95 U.S]
About Relax Intuit™ LLC (http://www.relaxintuit.com)
Based in Westchester County, NY, Relax Intuit™LLC is a highly ethical provider of acclaimed stress relief expert Susie Mantell's seminars for corporations and medical professionals, and her award-winning guided imagery meditation for relaxation, "Your Present: A Half-Hour of Peace."(CD) Mantell also provides individual stress management phone consultations by appointment. Relaxintuit.com and Susie Mantell’s work are intended as an adjunct to, never a substitute for, professional health care. Visitors and clients should always consult their own licensed medical and mental health professionals regarding any practice or suggestion that might in any way affect an individual’s health or safety. Twitter @relaxintuit

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