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How To Reduce Stress During The Holidays

       Every year, after the Christmas whirlwind, we make this firm determination: "Next year I'll start my holiday prep way earlier to avoid all this stress in my life!" And for sure this is our real desire, but as the year goes on we fall into the same game again. Either by waiting for the best offers, or by friends or family who made last-minute plans, or for whatever reason, we fall into the same whirlwind once more.
       And sometimes we keep wondering if this is actually possible!
       And happily the answer is Yes! Yes, to the possibility of reducing overwhelm and reversing the stress to savor the joy of the season!
        Remember, you have the power to set your own pace and priorities. Here are some tips to help you navigate the holiday season with more ease and enjoyment:

FIRST - Work inside the "Vessel" (Yourself):
  1. Plan Ahead, Make a list of the things you want to accomplish and break them down into manageable tasks. Don't feel bad if you need to reduce your list. Keep it as simple as you can. It will help you stay organized and reduce last-minute stress.
  2. Don't try to do everything or make everything perfect, This is one of the harder ones, I know! But it's important to focus on what truly matters to you and your loved ones; set realistic expectations.
  3. Delegate Tasks, Remember that you don't have to do everything on your own. Enlist the help of family members or friends. Sharing responsibilities can make things more enjoyable for everyone.

  4. Embrace Imperfection, Understand that things might not go exactly as planned, and if you delegated a task, probably they didn't do it as perfect as you would do it, and that's perfectly fine. Embrace the imperfections and focus on the moments that bring you happiness.

  5. Practice Gratitude, Take some time each day to think and reflect on what you're grateful for. It can help shift your focus from stress to appreciation. 

  6. Practice Self-Care, A walk, a bath, or some quiet reading time, taking care of yourself will do miracles and help you stay balanced. Take time for yourself while on the holiday preparations.

SECOND - Work outside the "Vessel" (relationships)

  1. Set Boundaries, It's okay to say no to certain commitments or events if they feel overwhelming. Protect your time and energy for the things that truly bring you joy, and help your mental health.

  2. Focus on Quality Time, Cherish the moments spent with loved ones, enjoy activities together, find the joy on sharing time rather than getting caught up in material aspects or elaborate preparations.

  3. Celebrate Traditions, Incorporate meaningful traditions that resonate with you and your family. These routines or rituals can bring a sense of comfort and joy now and in the future, and it will fill your family with valuable memories.

  4. Stay Present, Live in the moment and enjoy company and experiences as they come. Don't get too caught up in worrying about the future or the past, especially if it makes you suffer. Be brave to create new experiences so you can switch your bad memories for good ones.

Remember, the holidays are all about creating memories and cherishing time with loved ones while celebrating our customs or believes. You can reduce stress and overwhelm by taking a mindful approach and prioritizing what truly matters to you.

You've got this!


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