Adding extensive preparations, such as shopping, baking and entertaining to your usual daily demands can take the joy out of the holidays. Instead, consider scaling back. Focus on the holiday traditions you enjoy most and skip the rest. Accept imperfections in yourself and others.
Family tension often runs high during the holiday season. Consider this a time to set differences aside. Try to accept loved ones as they are, even if they don’t live up to all your expectations. And be understanding if others get upset or distressed when something goes wrong. Chances are they’re feeling the effects of holiday stress too.
Choose your commitments wisely and learn to say no. Friends and colleagues will understand if you can’t participate in all activities. And take some time to re-group, breath and relax. With a little planning and some positive thinking, you can find peace and joy during the holidays.