NHBPM – The Time To Start Holiday Planning Is Now

Welcome. This post is part of the WEGO Health National Health Blog Post Month (NHBPM) challenge for November, 2012.

(This is a updated post from last year but is something that I plan on reposting each year. As long as brain fog doesn’t kick in.)

(Image via icanhascheezburger.com)

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
  • Delegate

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!  The article has tips  to help lower the stress during different situations such as when you have visitors, if you’re traveling with your pet or if you will be boarding your pet when you go away for the holidays.

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.

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