How To Manage Stress Through The Holidays

The Holidays are a wonderful time of year when we gather with loved ones, express our gratitude and break bread together. At least, that’s what we hope for every year… but, let’s get real. These gatherings, while important, can also be very stressful! Sometimes we think we can produce an Instagram-perfect Thanksgiving or Christmas, that the kids will not only look perfect but will actually cooperate, and that the rest of the family will get along. The house will be perfect and people will be singing the praises of the best Holiday ever for the rest of time. Whether it’s pressure from ourselves, social media or Martha Stewart, the stress involved in this mess of expectations can ruin your good time. Here are some proven ways to avoid a meltdown during this year’s Holiday festivities.
Be Grateful – It’s the reason for the season – don’t forget to count your actual blessings (maybe in a gratitude journal?)
Have Fun – No one really cares if your centerpiece is on trend – scrap that and play games with the kids!
Change it Up – You don’t have to do things the way they’ve always been done. Try something new!
Don’t “Should” All Over Yourself – Look for what is really important and let the rest go!
Schedule Time Out – It’s perfectly fine to take a breather from the hubbub.
We hope this helps as we brace ourselves for the Holiday pressures. We will be here for you, at Dr. Jensen’s office, to help put you back together after it is all over…

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