Simple Tips to Reduce Stress During the Holiday Season

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Life balance expert and coach Bo Bradley shares easy-to-implement survival tactics to not only get through the holidays but to enjoy them with your family

Do you say yes to every holiday party invite? Are you spending hours searching for the “perfect” gift for each and every family member? Do you host your own holiday party every year? Are you sending out holiday cards to everyone you know even if they are an acquaintance? If the answer to any of these is yes, then you may be on your way to holiday burnout. According to Bo Bradley, author, life balance expert and coach the top three stressors Americans are feeling today are financial pressures, health and employment issues. In additional, any Americans are exhausted from the daily pressures of balancing work, family and personal time, and overall lack balance their lives … and when you add the pressure of the holidays the stress increases quite exponentially. Bo Bradley, author of Achieving the Balance Dream recommends the following simple tips to reduce stress during the holiday season and prevent holiday burnout:

1.    Stop and take a break. When you start to feel anxious and overwhelmed, stop what you are doing and give yourself a break. Plan out shopping excursions and break holiday activities into digestible pieces.

2.    Make a “list” about what your ideal holiday would be. Take some “me” time and write down who you would want to spend your holiday with, what you would do, and what parties you would like to attend. Use plenty of detail. And remember - it's not about who you feel obligated to, it's who you really want to be with!

3.    Look at your list of "obligations" and learn to say “no”. Prioritize what events and parties you rally want to go to, and only commit and attend those events. Period. Politely decline other engagements and do not feel guilty. Most people have multiple time conflicts during the holiday season, so do not feel you need to attend everything and most hosts/hostesses understand this.

4.    If you throw your own holiday party, ask for help. There is absolutely no reason why you need to do everything yourself. If someone offers to bring a dish, graciously accept and do not be afraid to ask for help. Also, there is absolutely no reason why you should not ask for set up/clean up help – don’t feel guilty, just ask. Most people love to help, they just don't know what to do and are waiting to be asked!

Bo’s book, Achieving the Balance Dream is available for purchase at the retail price of $14.95 at: and retail stores nationwide. Please visit her website for upcoming speaking engagements, coaching, appearances and workshops. For additional holiday tips please visit:

About Manifest U
Manifest U! Inc. is a holistic company focused on personal well being and realizing your dreams. As a caregiver herself, Bo Bradley, Certified Dream Coach® and CEO founded Manifest U! Inc. to help others live their best life possible while minimizing the stress of day-to-day life and has a personal mission to bring the thousands of stressed out business owners and employees from burnout to balance. Manifest U! Inc. offers a wide array of inspirational and life changing products and services, including workshops, seminars and one-on-one coaching. For more information please visit:


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