Tis the season to take on less



Presents, decorations, celebrations OH MY!

The holiday season can quickly become overwhelming and stressful, but this holiday season challenge yourself to celebrate in a new way.

Instead of taking on more and more, decide to take on less. Prioritize. Focus on the important stuff and let go of the rest. Easier said than done.

Small efforts can go a long way in helping yourself enjoy your holiday season as opposed to creating agita, inducing stress and producing anxiety. Look at all the activities you do in any given holiday season. Then decide which ones actually help meet holiday goals and which ones take away from them. For example, if every year you cook a huge holiday meal yet find yourself spending more time in the kitchen than enjoying time with your loved ones, maybe it's time for that tradition to go.

If you do decide to host a large meal, use disposable plates, utensils and glasses to shorten cleanup and free up time to spend with the family.

Plan ahead. Have a few bottles of wine and spiced nuts on hand for any holiday entertaining, but also be sure to have a few generic gifts on hand for hostesses, Secret Santas, the kids teachers you forgot about so they don’t wreak havoc on your holiday zen.

How much time, energy and frustration are spent annually on wrapping gifts … another big holiday chore. Find alternatives. Why not make the container part of the gift or purchase items that are already in its own gift-wrap?

When all else fails, at least it ends by January 3rd.