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Christmas commercials are already on TV! Halloween candy in the grocery stores since the beginning of September! Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa will soon be here! So will a lot of stress if you don’t plan. Have you started preparing for the holiday season or is making plans a quaint idea for another month (or year)? Here’s some ideas to help reduce the stress.
Are the Holidays Over Yet? is by A Journey to Joy. Some of the advice given includes:
- You really don’t have to do it all,
- Figure out a game plan ahead of time and
Younger children being surrounded by stressed adults and disrupted routines. Older teens wanting to spend more time with their friends instead of their family. There are many ways your children can also become stressed. Here’s some tips to help lower the stress for your children and teens.
Your animals can get stressed, too! Some signs that your pet may be stressed are:
- Eating less or not at all
- An inclination to stay in hiding
- Inappropriate chewing, barking, biting, or elimination
While the Arthritis Today article A Holiday Season without Holiday Stress is for people with chronic illness, everyone will find some great advice in reducing holiday stress.
Crabby kids and adults, unrealistic expectations, family that didn’t show up for dinner, family you wish would stay away…it must be the holidays. Psychology Today has the article Surviving Holiday Hell.
And if you’re still
procrastinating looking for more ideas, Onlineorganizing.com has more links on their page.