5 Tips to Beat Holiday Stress

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5 Tips to Beat Holiday Stress

Does the most wonderful time of the year feel more like the most stressful? Take a deep breath and read CAC’s 5 Tips to Beat Holiday Stress and have a jollier holiday!

1. Laugh your way to a better holiday

Laughing like crazy reduces stress hormones. Sometimes during the holidays we forget to let loose and laugh! So go ahead, watch that 24 hour marathon of “A Christmas Story” and laugh your way to a better holiday!

2. Forget perfection

Your kids and guests aren’t going to remember how the napkins were folded into perfect star shapes, or the artful lattice on the apple pie. They will remember the little moments, like breaking the wishbone with you or how you always sing to yourself while basting the turkey. No holiday will be perfect, so don’t stress. Instead savor the moments with your children and families - before you know it they’ll be the ones baking the pies and basting the turkey!

3. Make your own traditions

Just because your grandma always strung popcorn around the Christmas tree doesn’t mean you have to spend hours threading and hanging it! Traditions don’t need to be 5. followed 100%, and they can even be disregarded all together if they’re causing you stress. Get the kids involved and see if they have suggestions. They will feel valued by helping make the decision and you will feel more relaxed.

4. Turn up the tunes

Anxious? Listen to your favorite music, whether it's Trans-Siberian Orchestra or Taylor Swift. Research shows that hearing music you love can relax blood vessels and increase blood flow. The best part? You can easily make it a family affair by having a dance party!

5. Think positive

The holidays are supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but often times they’re the most stressful. Stop letting your preconceived notions of the holidays dictate your feelings. Don’t dwell over the long lines or think about how gravy spilled on your carpet last year. Instead, think about how happy your niece will be when she sees the gift you picked out just for her, and remember how your Uncle Joe laughed so hard he shook the table last year after hearing your son’s Thanksgiving joke. Remember, it's time to celebrate with your family and friends (even if they do stress you out!). An optimistic outlook will help you cope with challenges that come your way.

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