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‘Tis The Season For … Stress? All Too Often, that is what the holidays present to mar the happiness and cheer. The demands of decorating, shopping, parties and even family gatherings can get to the best of us.

Stress is not just in your mind, it can harm your body, fueling everything from backaches to heart disease. Luckily, you can give yourself the gift on enjoyable holidays:

  • Only agree to activities you find meaningful. Skip those you feel obligated to do.
  • Delegate tasks. Ask your family to help with holiday chores.
  • Get enough sleep, about 7-9 hours a night.
  • Eat right and exercise even when your schedule is busy.
  • Spend time outdoors. Sunlight can ease depressive symptoms tied to shore winter days.
  • Make new family traditions. Go sledding. Bake cookies. Stroll around your neighborhood to admire the decorations.
  • Surround yourself with supportive and positive people.
  • Try deep breathing when stress rears its ugly head. Close your eyes and breathe in deeply through your nose for a count of 4. Pause, then slowly exhale through your mouth. Do this about 5 times and you will feel your body start to relax.
  • Find time for yourself. Curl up on the sofa with a good book. Listen to your favorite music. Take a soak in the tub.
  • If none of these tips offers you any relief, speak with your doctor about some other ways to reduce stress or depression.

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Here you will find a few ways that I use for helping my brood focus on the true meaning of the holidays.

  • Think of others. First, I have them gather all of their toys that they do not use anymore and put them in a box for children that could use them. They are completely shocked when we discuss how some children do not have any toys. We also participate in a giving tree in our community. Each of my kids picks a child in need and then we shop together for gifts. It teaches them not only do many other people need help, but there are a lot of ways that we can assist them.
  • Give to each other. The first time they got to buy gifts for the rest of the family, they were so excited. They get just as pumped seeing others open what they picked out as they do about opening the gifts themselves.
  • Let go of guilt. At times, I struggle with the fact that I can not give my kids everything. There is no vacation home or millions of presents under the tree, but we do have a lot of time to spend with each other. That is the most important gift of all. The other day at school, my oldest son was asked by his teacher what is his most valuable possession, and he said his Dad… so I guess I am doing something right.

Quick Tip: It is natural for kids to want to have everything. I explain to mine that some toys are just too expensive. Last year, for example, they wanted a Wii U game system. I said they could choose to combine their gifts and get that, but in the end, they decided not to. I also remind them that we are lucky to have a house, food, and a family.

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