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Reducing the Stress of the Holiday Season

Happy Holidays!

Would you like to experience the holiday season with less stress than in previous years?  Our tagline for our business is "making life simple" and we use the word simple often to outline ideas for how to achieve a simpler approach to things.  Follow along and see if any of these ideas resonate with you!

Simplify your holiday by cutting back on something you normally do which is making you feel overwhelmed - could it be a little less decorating is in order?  Baking fewer or different kinds of cookies?  Shop on line instead of fighting the traffic and the snow?  Some experts suggest cutting the time you devote to these things in half this year!  Perhaps a bit extreme, but you get the idea.

Identify what supplies you have already - do you have the right food items in your pantry?  Have you already bought gifts that are stored away in anticipation of the holidays?  Do you need to supplement your gift wrap, holiday cards or scotch tape?  Having all of the supplies you need ahead of the day you need them will reduce the stress of actually completing the task.

Make a list of all the things you need to do before the holiday.  This will help you to plan your time so you are not wrapping presents at midnight!  Also, make a list of the presents you have bought for each person.  This is a good way to make sure you don't overspend on one person and forget another.

Put items on your list onto the calendar so you know exactly when they will get accomplished.  This is the easiest way to plan ahead and hopefully spread out the tasks.  If your calendar is loooking too busy, think about where you could eliminate something.

Let it go!  Just like the Frozen song says, let it go and you will feel so much better!  Ask for help with your tasks from friends and relatives, say "no" if you really cannot do it, and don't feel guilty about trying to reduce the stress!

Enjoy!  Hopefully at least one of these tips will help you to have a stress free holiday season!

A huge thank you to all of our clients and friends!  Wishing you the best holiday ever!

                                        Muffy and JoEllen


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