Five tips for reducing holiday stress

Don't be a procrastinator! Start a few weeks in advance and make a list of the things that need to be done from top priority to less priority. Do a little at a time and be sure to check it off your list when you complete a task. This will give you a sense of accomplishment to see things are getting done. 

Say YES when someone asks to help! Now is not the time to be a martyr. If someone wants to help set the table, mash the potatoes or help with the dishes after the meal then by all means, let them! 

Be realistic! Everything can’t be perfect no matter how hard you try. Expect that some things will go wrong and let it go. And remind yourself when something does go wrong that it won’t mean a thing in 100 years!

Remember the true meaning of the holidays! It’s easy to get caught up in buying the perfect gift or having the perfect dinner party. We need to ask ourselves if this is really what it’s all about. Remember that spending quality time with the people you love and making new memories is what is most important. 

Allow yourself a time out! Stop, take a deep breath and step away from the stressful situation for five minutes. During your time out, visualize your loved ones laughing and enjoying themselves. 

Kristi Vaughn

I am a Licensed Social Worker and owner of Adult Comfort Care: A Person Centered in-home assisted living resource for seniors and their families.

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Volume 5, Issue 24, Posted 9:54 AM, 11.26.2013