Well it’s Monday and there is only 13 days to Christmas – Are you feeling stressed, overwhelmed? Everything coming at you at once and the clock is ticking?

Stress is an everyday part of your life, and you may even have more financial stress on you right now because of the pressures of Christmas so I want to start by revealing that you’re not alone! Here are some top holiday stressors from a survey in the US by psychologists;

Lack of money (61%)

Pressures of gift-giving (42%)

Lack of time (34%)

Credit card debt (23%)

Okay – so first off breathe, stop resisting and give yourself permission to be where you are at – without judgment. See stress for what it is. Stress happens. Life happens. Here are my lucky 7 quick tips for you to handle the holidays…

1. Set a budget – Start off by deciding on the amount of money that you wish to spend on the holiday’s preparations and stick to it. Overspending will only create additional stress for yourself as you struggle to pay the bills months later.

2. Rein in the shopping. Instead of searching out the latest gadget or this year’s “must have” toy…stop: you don’t have to add to the national debt or indulge everyone’s whim. Limit your gift-giving to an important few. Memories are not found in things, but in the time you spend with those you care about most.

3. Eat, drink, and be merry — within reason. The holidays are meant for celebration, not overindulgence.

4. Exercise for your sanity’s sake. Exercise not only helps you manage weight and is good for your body, but it can help you de-stress and clear your mind, just going for a brisk walk will help you fend off stress. And with a clear mind, you can make better decisions about what’s good for you this holiday season.

5. Give unto others. Smile at a stranger, donate food and clothing, take the focus off yourself and put the spotlight on someone else. Caring for another person bonds you to humanity in a way like no other—and keeps your feet on the ground.

6. Get the attitude of gratitude. Make a list of everything you’re grateful for and add to it every day. It doesn’t have to be big, just meaningful. Holding a puppy, seeing a stellar sunset, giving someone a hand, keeping your sanity — just be thankful for the opportunity to live!

7. Make it real. Christmas is not about creating the perfect family holiday. It’s about enjoying what’s here and now. Keep expectations real, and don’t try to solve long-simmering issues at the family dinner. ;)

So resolve this holiday season to reduce and better manage your stress, and enjoy the holidays in good health and happiness!

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