5 Helpful Hints for the Holidays

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vickie-mcdonough-cropby Vickie McDonough

The holiday season is in full swing. Stress is inevitable. Here are five tips to help relieve stress so you can better enjoy your holidays—and your family.

Delegate. Give a bit of joy to someone else. Don’t be afraid to ask a friend for help with big projects. Or, let your kids help—and be happy with the way they do things. Not everything has to be perfect.

Do less. Enjoy more. Be cautious about volunteering during the holidays. Say no to things that you absolutely don’t need to do. Have you ever heard that “less is more”?

Consider abandoning old traditions. Years ago, I quit putting things in my kids’ stockings. It saved lots of money and stress. What’s one holiday tradition you can give up?

Take a hike. There is something called (SAD) Seasonal Affective Disorder, which affects millions during holidays. Take a walk in the sunshine and spend time in prayer to counteract SAD and stress.

Remember to laugh. Laughter reduces stress. See the humor in situations vs. the headache. Watch a comedy on TV or go to a movie. Enjoy a good book. Go to lunch with a friend who makes you laugh.

Most of all, enjoy your family and friends during the holidays.

7-brides-for-7-texansVickie McDonough is the author of more than 40 Christian fiction books and novellas, with over 1.5 million copies sold. Check out Vickie’s website to learn more about her and her books: www.vickiemcdonough.com

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