DAILY HAPPINESS TIP #33- Reduce Holiday Stress

It’s amazing how supposedly pleasurable periods like the Christmas season can be more stressful than any other time of the year. Mostly it got to do with wanting to do more than what realistically can be done, like canvassing every store for the lowest price for those nice pair of jeans, wanting to get each of the eighty two members of the club a customized gift, or trying to cook a family Christmas dinner that rivals a Buckingham Palace banquet.

When you begin to notice that things are getting off hand, sit down and think for a moment the reason behind the holiday or the activity and connect it to what you want to happen. When you have thought through it and got down to the basics, you will see that there’s a realistic minimum that you can aim for to celebrate the season and still have a happy, meaningful yet relaxed time doing it. Friends and family would appreciate more a happy, healthy person in you who has the time and energy to chitchat than all the great food and awesome presents you prepared but made you a tired, angry and possibly sick zombie.

So get the stress out of the holidays by recognizing what are most important, then do them cheerfully, and take everything else lightly.

"The time to relax is when you don't have time for it." -Sydney J. Harris

Related tip: DAILY HAPPINESS TIP #18- Don't Set Your Expectations Too High

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