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Most people look forward to the holidays as a time when they can slow down a bit and relax with family and friends. Ironically, those same family and friends can make the holiday season anything but relaxing. Unrealistic expectations for you to be everything for everyone can certainly take the joy out of the holiday season. Here are some tips to make this holiday season one you'll enjoy:

  1. ​Don't spread yourself too thin. You don't have to spend time with everyone over the holidays. Plan ahead. Make a realistic schedule that takes into account a healthy dose of R&R for yourself. If some of your family or friends are disappointed, consider setting up a time to see them early in the new year as an alternative.
  2. ​Do some things just for you. Catch up on some movies or TV shows, walk around your neighbourhood and check out the Christmas lights, or head to your local coffee shop and read that book you've been putting off.
  3.  Catch up on some of that much deserved sleep you haven't been getting. 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night is a necessary step to reducing stress.
  4. ​Consider setting up a new exercise routine now. Don't wait until January to get back into shape. ​Set some simple goals; getting back to the gym, going for regular walks, and picking up a new sport are all ways to reduce stress and to feel good about yourself at the same time.


​Keeping stress to a minimum this holiday season will help you enjoy your time off and set you up to enter the new year refreshed, happy and healthy.

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Posted November 25, 2014

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