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De-stress the holidays right now

December 8, 2010

By Erika Weisensee, Oregon Writer

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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Naomi December 8, 2010

Simple tips that make sense. Especailly not booking routine Dr/Dentist appts in December. I start baking the weekend of Thanksgiving and just keep freezing. Most all cookies and cakes taste BETTER if they’ve been frozen.

Suz December 8, 2010

Overbooking is a holiday tradition just like Turkey. My life feels like the 12 days of Christmas every day.

noname December 8, 2010

Well, its December 8th,
too late to plan ahead.
Maybe next year

Toni December 8, 2010

I find it is good to bring the family together and draw out their opinions on the holidays. Discover what they like and dislike, love and loathe. Be prepared to be surprised, and not offended but just take a sweet momemnt and learn and let it sink in everyone’s viewpoints and experiences. Be free to appreciate theri ideas and how maybe somethings are not worth laboring and stressing over as you find that it is not that important after all. It very much helps to reinforce how important some traditions are as you hear it first hand from these mouths.

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