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Holiday Series: 3 Strategies to Get You Thru the Holiday Season

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This post was originally published in the USAA Member Community – 3 Strategies to get you thru the Holiday Season
By: Judy Davis

Getting thru holiday stressJingles on the radio, bell ringers at mall entrances and beautiful lights around every corner; the stage is set for a perfect holiday season. So why are so many of us finding it hard to get into the holiday spirit?

Maybe it’s the hustle and bustle of decorating, holiday parties and gift purchases. Perhaps it’s the realization another year is coming to an end.  It could even be the anticipation of yet another get together seated around the table with Uncle Joe and his awful table manners or an evening spent wondering who will make sure Grandma gets home safely.
Holidays are a time when we gather together with family and friends to celebrate the season and while it’s something we look forward to; it can also be quite stressful. Without realizing it, we have so much going on that it can become overwhelming leaving us feeling stressed out and edgy. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Here are 3 strategies that will help you get through to the New Year and allow you to celebrate the season without the stress and drama that often comes with it.

  1. Limit how much you take on.
    During the holidays we often become overwhelmed with all the extra tasks we add to our already busy lives. To insure you aren’t taking on too much, evaluate each task, activity and event before adding it to your calendar by asking yourself these two questions:a. Is it necessary
    b. Will it enhance the holiday I envision for myself and my family.If you can’t answer yes to both of these questions then don’t put it on your schedule.
  2. Remember the holidays are not a time to open old wounds.
    Gathering with family and friends is a holiday tradition, and sometimes that means you will be in a situation that is less than ideal. Put grudges aside and try to have an open heart, especially if you find yourself surrounded by people you avoid seeing for the rest of the year. If you are feeling the tensions rise or an argument begins, take a step away and refocus your attention on something that brings you joy. There is a time and place for resolution and this isn’t one of them.
  3. Don’t buy into the hype or try to keep up with the Jones’.
    It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind isn’t it? Every television commercial, storefront and radio ad would have us think there is the perfect gift, the perfect party and the perfect way to celebrate the holidays. But we aren’t Norman Rockwell or a Hallmark movie. How your family celebrates this time of year is very personal and it’s important to stay true to who you are. Stick with traditions and activities that bring you joy. Spend within your budget and don’t worry about keeping up with the Jones’; they don’t have to pay the bills nor do they know what makes your family happiest.

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Sponsored Post: This post was originally published in the USAA Member Community – 3 Strategies to get you thru the Holiday Season

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