The holidays are upon us and can be a very stressful time of year. I was just in a beauty salon and every woman in there was complaining about what she had to do, what relatives got on her nerves, etc. It made me realize that we can easily lose sight of what's important.
Let's fix that! Go pour yourself a hot cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa. Curl up on the couch with a soft blanket, dim the lights, turn on some soothing music, and relax. Take some deep breaths. Now think about the holidays. What do you love about them? What is important to you? What would you be sad to lose?
Once you have your list then go for it. Implement what you love and forget about the rest. If decorations are your thing then put them up, but maybe leave the tricky ones (like outdoor lights) in the box. If food is high on your list then cook what you love, or buy ready-made items from the store. They may cost more but will save you time.
For most of us, it's the people that make a holiday special. Be sure you find ways to connect with the ones you love. This can include a quick phone call, sending an electronic card, meeting for a meal, or simply hanging out and playing board games. Whatever you do, make sure that fun and laughter are part of the equation.
The holidays don't have to be stressful. Focus on what's important to you and forget the rest.
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