11/24/2010

Five Stress Busters for the Hoilday Season

Holidays can be stressful with family, friends, and co-workers. Planning ahead can help reduce stress, and give you peace of mind for the season. Here are some other tips to help make the holidays more manageable this season.

1. Plan, plan, plan. Don't wait until the last second. Be realistic about the holidays. Understand that you can't do everything, so choose the things that you can accomplish and enjoy.

2. Create a budget, stick to it, and limit the number of guests attending your holiday parties. Ask each person to RSVP ahead of time, a day or two before the party, so that you are aware of the number of guests that are attending.

3. Simplify. You don't need to have 20 pies sitting on the table or 10 different appetizers. Remember that the main course is the star of your show. Set your menu in advance and remember to say NO.  If family members or friends want additional items on the table consider hosting a potluck.

With each guest responsible for a side-dish and their own beverage, you can enjoy the weather and company without sacrificing your pocketbook. Track your progress towards a savings goal by becoming a Virginia Saver, you can utilize the My Savings Tracker for free to record deposits and monitor your progress.

4. Set a schedule. There's a lot to do, and the best way to get it all done—and keep your cool—is to make a plan. Instead of keeping a to-do list in your head, write all your tasks down and then create a schedule so you can finish everything. Be tolerant of disappointment and changes in plans and remain flexible.

5. Remember: take a meditative moment at least once a day to breathe deeply, clear your mind of all the clutter. Also get good sleep. Six to eight hours of sleep is recommended to help rejuvenate your body, maintain proper immune function and aid indigestion.

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