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Holiday Survival Guide: Manage Stress and Simplify Your Holiday Season

Here’s what you need to have a low-stress holiday season.
  1. Family Stress (9)
  2. Shopping Stress (5)
  3. Stress at Family Gatherings
  4. Travel Stress (5)

Be Happy: How to Stay Holiday-Jolly All Year
We often find ourselves feeling increased happiness and joy during the holiday season for several reasons, but do not realize that we can take some of the things that make us happy during the holidays and bring them into the rest of the year. Learn how to take the best parts of the holiday season and bring them to the new year, and all year.

Holiday Perfectionism
Holiday perfectionism is one of the main causes of holiday stress. Learn to recognize the signs of holiday perfectionism and change them--give yourself a break and really enjoy the holidays this year!

Holiday Shortcuts - Stress Relieving Holiday Shortcuts
Holiday shortcuts can be your best friend in terms of holiday stress relief: holiday shortcuts allow you to enjoy the traditions you love without as much busy-ness and stress. What are your best holiday shortcuts? Read my best, share what works for you, and see what other readers have to say!

How Can I Find Relief From Holiday Stress?
The holiday season can be a stressful time of year! Here are some proven strategies to find relief from holiday stress, and enjoy the season to the fullest.

Tis The Season to Feel...Golly! Understanding and Managing The Seemingly...
Do you find that, rather than feeling jolly and care-free, the holiday season leaves you feeling stressed and overwhelmed? Find out why this phenomenon has become all too common, and learn how you can eliminate the stress and enjoy the holidays as they were meant to be enjoyed!

Stay Healthy During The Holidays
The holiday season is a time of joy, but can also be one of the most stressful times of the year. Many of the things that cause stress can also take a toll on our health. Here is how to manage stress and stay healthier during this holiday season.

Guide To Better Sleep During The Holiday Season
The holiday season can be a stressful time of year. This stress, coupled with packed schedules and they typical holiday season diet, can lead to poor sleep, which can in turn lead to more stress. Learn to break free of this sleep-sabotaging cycle and enjoy the holiday season to the fullest.

How To Simplify Your Holiday Party
A great way to manage stress from throwing a holiday party is to have a simpler, well-organized party. Here are some great holiday shortcuts that will enable you to cut down on stress and retain the essence of what makes a party fun!

Holiday Stress Management: Reduce Stress with Holiday Cards Shortcuts
Most of us look forward to receiving holiday cards, but many of us dread sending them, as they require a lot of work and create stress. Dread not, as you can cut card-sending down from a monumental task to a fun diversion (or at least get close) with a few holiday shortcuts!

Cut Down On Holiday Stress With A Simple Holiday Meal
The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration, but it’s also a time of stress. In fact, according to a poll on this site, close to 90% of respondents find the whole season to be stressful! Much of this stress comes from trying to create the picture-perfect holiday meals that grace the covers of magazines. Fortunately, the most important part of a holiday celebration is the love, and shortcuts can be taken with the food. Here are some ways to simplify a holiday meal.

Loneliness and The Holidays
The holiday season is generally thought of as a time of joy and love, but for many people, it’s a time of loneliness. For those who feel lonely during the holidays, this time of year can be a time of additional stress. If you’re experiencing loneliness that causes you stress during the holiday season, the following suggestions can help.

Reduce Holiday Shopping Stress
Reducing the stress of holiday shopping: While most of us really enjoy the holiday season, between the holiday parties, the baking, the holiday cards (complete with pictures and newsy letters) and finding the perfect gifts for everyone, we place pretty heavy demands on ourselves. This year, you can make it a point to enjoy the holidays more by...

10 Questions to Create an Organization Plan
When getting organized, it helps to have a plan. Here are ten questions you should ask yourself to be sure your plan is sound before you do the work of executing it, in your quest for an organized home.

Holiday Recipes and Menus
Part of what makes the holiday season great is the food! Here are some great recipes you can use for parties, family dinners or other holiday occasions, from About's guide for busy cooks.

Carb Counts for Wine, Beer and Other Alcoholic Beverages
As you raise your glass and celebrate the holidays, you don't want to be stressing about your diet! Here's a handy guide to carb counts for beer, wine, and other alcololic beverages, from the Low Carb Diet site, so you can relax!

Set Up A Holiday Planning Notebook
An organized holiday season runs much more smoothly! About’s housekeeping expert has all the details on a great idea to help you stay organized this season!

Holiday Eating - How To Maintain Healthy Holiday Eating Habits
Holiday Eating - How To Maintain Healthy Holiday Eating Habits

Holiday Stress Tips - Causes and Relief of Holiday Stress
Holidays can bring significant stress! What causes you holiday stress? Have you found any holiday stress solutions that work well? Share your holiday stress stories and holiday stress relief tips here!

How To Plan For Less Stress In The New Year
With the parties, spending, and other activities of December, the holiday season often leaves us feeling exhausted, in debt, and even heavier than we'd like to be. Here's what you can do now to avoid holiday stress and start the new year off right.

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