How Can You Deal With Your Holiday Stress?

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How Can You Deal With Your Holiday Stress?
-Susan Wong.

Holidays with the familyWhen traveling with your family, it should be a
wonderful spending time together. Sharing and caring with loved one
sounds wonderful, but often there is an undercurrent of tension that can
make this a difficult and dreaded time for some. Why does this happen,
after all the holidays only come around once a year and we deal with
family tension all year round.

Families, who don't normally spend a lot of time together because of
work/school commitments or because of location, are now spending all of
several days together. People fall back into old patterns of behavior,
old arguments still simmer and issues that have been avoided have a way
of coming to the surface. Those involved can feel angry and
unappreciated, which in turn cause more tension and so the cycle begins.

Add to the mix a host who is exhausted from weeks of shopping, planning
and decorating, teenagers who resent the invasion of their space and
time, young children who just know how to capitalize on the fact that
you have company and you have a recipe for disaster

If you are hosting a family holiday event, you may find that the stress
of trying to create the perfect holiday season for the family begins
many weeks before the holiday actually arrives. Eliminating holiday
tension and stress would require a lifestyle change that very few people
really want to make. You can however make it more manageable.

1. Accept that the holidays will come and there is nothing you can do
about it, be determined to be flexible and not sweat the small stuff.

2. Acknowledge that this is not an ideal world and that people don't
change just because it is the holidays. Your in-laws may snipe at your
decor and your cooking, your teenager will want to hang with friends
than be stuck with family and everybody else will still be the same. In
the grand scheme of things it does not matter, keep it in perspective,
remember the "perfect holiday" is different for everyone.

3. Don't shop till you drop, instead make a list and stick to it.
Holiday spending can easily get out of control and leave you with a
financial headache for the New Year. Determine your budget and stick to
it, be ruthless.

4. Don't let guilt or a misplaced sense of obligation force you into
attending parties and activities you would rather not go to. Pick events
you know you will enjoy and that means something to you and you will
have a great time.

5. Consider your expectations of others during the holidays. When it
comes to the family photo, family functions, holiday activities, do you
expect your spouse and children to be shiny happy people for all such
activities and events. Don't let a tense situation develop just because
they are not behaving the
way you think they should. Consider what they want to do and talk about

In summary, you should be realistic, focus on the people you love, don't
overspend, keep your sense of humor and you will keep your sanity. Life
is short and time is precious, consider every holiday you spend with
family and friends as a wonderful gift. Most important of all … Enjoy!

About The Author: Susan Wong maintains many interesting websites about
travel, including , , and . Please visit her websites and find many
more information about travel.


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