- Make a list of no more than three things that are most important to complete that day. Everything else isn't important enough to worry about. If you accomplish more than what's on the list, reward yourself with a bubble bath.
- Shop alone. If you can't leave your kids with your spouse, find a neighbor who will swap babysitting time with you. Once you're out and about by yourself, take your time and enjoy it.
- Practice saying no. You don't have to make cookies for the kindergarten class and sew the costumes for the church play and organize the bingo for the nursing home and hand-make all your holiday cards and knit scarves for the homeless. Pick just one of those things that will be meaningful, do it, and be done.
- Turn off the television. It's just more background noise. You're being constantly bombarded with commercials telling you what you need to buy for yourself to be happy, when in reality happiness comes from within. Plus, for every commercial the kids see, they'll be begging for that toy instead of playing with the things they have.
- Send the children outside to play. If they are at least 3 years old, they can play in a fenced in backyard without you standing over them. If you are a worrier, watch them from inside through a window while you enjoy coffee and some quiet.
- Forgive yourself. No one can do it all. No one wants to do it all. Christmas comes just once a year. This year, sit down and soak in the meaning, instead of trying to rush around creating it for everyone else.
Dealing with Holiday Stress
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