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How to achieve holiday harmony

If you’re like most people, stress and the holidays go hand in hand. With so much to prepare, do, and recover from, it’s amazing you have a moment to really enjoy the season. That is why December is National Stress-Free Family Holiday Month–it’s an opportunity to take control of stress to make the holidays more enjoyable. This year, approach the holidays with less stress by keeping these tips in mind.

First, and foremost, think positive. Let go of that need for perfection and enjoy the holiday season for what it is. If something doesn’t get done, let it go. Think back to previous holidays when things didn’t go as planned, but everyone still enjoyed themselves.

Avoid colds and flu. Nothing can hinder your holiday harmony like being sick. Try these tips to stay healthy.

Drive safely this holiday season. Accidents, tickets and vehicle issues can put a damper on the spirit of the season. Be smart and stay safe.

Stay within your budget during the holidays. Finances can create a lot of unnecessary stress; try to enjoy your holiday without breaking the bank.

Be grateful for all that you have rather than concentrating on what you don’t have.

Pamper yourself. Plan a spa day, enjoy a manicure or pedicure, get your hair cut, buy a new holiday outfit, take a relaxing soak in your bathtub—do an indulgent activity to help ease your stress.

Read. The comfort of a favorite book can be a good escape from the hectic holidays.

Laugh. You’re probably familiar with the adage “laughter is the best medicine.” Well, it is! Laughter can reduce stress and increase happiness. Watch a funny show or movie, spend time with someone who makes you chuckle, or play a game with family or friends.

Exercise. Physical activity promotes brain-pleasing chemicals that can increase feelings of well-being.

Sing. Listen to your favorite music (or holiday songs) while singing along. Cheery music can boost your mood and alleviate stress.

Sleep in. Sleeping is both a relaxing and restorative activity. Extra sleep may also increase your energy to conquer your to-do list, further reducing your stress.

Cuddle with your spouse, kids or furry friend. Physical interaction with those you love promotes relaxation.

Check out these additional resources to help you stress less during the holidays!

For Health Advocate Members

If you’re a Health Advocate member with access to the wellness coaching component of our Wellness Program, call your coach for more tips to keep you healthy during the holiday season.

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