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How to de-stress your Holidays right now

November 4, 2009

By Erika Weisensee
Milwaukie writing mom

You’ve probably noticed it, too. The stores are already promoting Christmas and we are barely into November. This seems to happen earlier every year. Sadly, for many women, the holiday season is synonymous with stress—a time that requires decorating, baking, buying, socializing, hosting, and so much more.

But the holidays can and should be about joy. Here are some tips for reducing stress during the holiday season.

– Plan Ahead
If possible, do some of the work ahead of time. For instance, bake cookies early and freeze them. Start gift buying early and save money by planning shopping around sales.

– Simplify
Simple can be elegant. Simplify meals by focusing on a handful of delicious dishes rather than a smorgasbord of endless options. Simplify your schedule by saving non-essential dental, doctor and other appointments for after Jan. 1.

– Do something special that warms your heart
Whether you make time to attend a holiday concert, get together with old friends, or donate to a charity, do something that makes you feel good.

– Pamper yourself
If you can sneak in a massage, hair appointment or other take-care-of-you experience, good for you!

– Ask for help
I know some great hostesses who ask for a little help. Take it from a frequent salad and dessert maker, us able-bodied dinner guests are happy to contribute. So, just ask.

– Don’t overbook
It is impossible to attend every event. Decide on the most important, politely decline the others, and enjoy the ones you do attend.

– Remember what matters most.
This above all else is key to a joyful holiday season.

— Erika Weisensee is a writing mom. She teaches writing and communication courses at the University of Portland.

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suz November 4, 2009

Just talking about the holidays in the first week of November makes me stressed. I still haven’t put down my holiday lights from last Christams. No sense on doing it now.

Jasmine Ai November 4, 2009

Ask for help. Too many moms put on a perfect holiday wonder show which leaves them no room to ask for help because they feel like it is all upon their shoulders. The joy is in the event, not just the final performance. Embrace the help.

Ally November 4, 2009

Great reminders. You are right, it is important to remember what matters most.

Adel November 4, 2009

Thanks for the reminders as I am one of those who can get caught up in all the stuff and forget to take time to just enjoy the Christmas season and what it’s really all about.

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