Norwalk, Connecticut (PRWEB) December 12, 2013
The holidays are a hectic time and stress often seems inevitable, but it does not have to be. StressStop, the leading provider of stress management training, tactics and education materials, offers its top 5 tips for staying stress free during the holidays.
1. Make a list of what NOT to do. For most people heading into the holiday season there are numerous chores, errands and projects that don't need to be done now and can be put off until January when schedules will open up. Whether it's cleaning up the garage, shopping for a new sofa (which wouldn't arrive in time for the holidays anyway) or painting the kid's bedroom, don't start any optional projects right now.
2. Find the true meaning of the holidays. Whether it's attending services, donating toys and food, volunteering at a homeless shelter, visiting an elderly shut-in, or even watching IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, look for activities that provide an emotional and/or spiritual lift. Remember the word holiday is short for Holy day. Let this definition be a reminder of the true meaning of the season.
3. To experience joy: allow extra time. Time pressure kills joy. Be aware of how time pressure can turn a pleasurable activity, like shopping or even going to a party into an activity that loses its fun-factor.
4. Make a list and check it twice. People are great at making lists but they rarely prioritize their lists. As a result, low –priority tasks like vacuuming or raking leaves get done leaving little time for high priority activities like spending time with family and friends.
5. Recharge. Don't forget to allot some time every day to recharge. You can't make anyone else happy if you are feeling miserable and stressed inside. Go for walk, exercise, take a bath, listen to music, enjoy a leisurely cup of tea or do something just for the fun of it.
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