Holiday Guide: How to Effectively Deal with Stress

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Many of us look forward to a holiday season full of joy; however, if we aren't careful, stress can derail us and our emotions during this particular time of year. You can effectively deal with holiday stress by referring to the guide I share in this blog.

The Holiday Season (Can) Trigger Emotions

Holiday Guide: How to Effectively Deal with Stress, Marshall Connects

Managing your emotions is recommended daily; however, the holiday season can be incredibly challenging. Managing our emotions effectively throughout the holidays requires us to be more tolerant of ourselves and others. Packing your patience and not sweating the small stuff are great ways to reduce stress. Considerable time and effort are necessary to learn to effectively read our emotions and understand how they affect our decision-making and our ability to empathize with others. Managing them comes next, which requires significant skill but is attainable.

How To Give The Best of Yourself Over the Holidays

It is possible to give the best of yourself, find joy over the holidays, and keep stress at a minimum. The key is to have a positive outlook. You can retain a positive attitude and perspective if you focus on the good in your life. Here is a blog I wrote several years ago where I share strategies of proactive ways to increase joy and reduce stress during the holidays. Read more - How to Give The BEST of YOU Over the Holidays.

Laughter Reduces Stress and Increases Joy

You must laugh and smile more if you want to reduce stress and increase positive emotions like joy this holiday season. Several years ago, I wrote a blog about laughter's vital role in reducing stress,  improving our mental health and reducing negative emotions. Laughter is a gift, a universal language that connects us and benefits our entire body. Read more to guide you through a  - Laughter is The Best Medicine to Boost The Holiday Season.

Holiday Guide: How to Effectively Deal with Stress - 12 Simple Tips!

To reduce holiday stress, you must consider these strategies:

  1. Manage your emotions instead of them managing you.
  2. Maintain a positive outlook by having a "glass is half-full attitude."
  3. Create opportunities to laugh and smile.
  4. Don't overdo it; pace yourself. Maintain a "less is more mindset."
  5. Plan to drop by holiday gatherings for a couple of hours instead of staying for the evening.
  6. Reduce your time with extended family to have time for your family and yourself.
  7. If you found last year stressful, change things by developing new traditions.
  8. Reduce the amount you Eat, Drink and Spend over the holidays to create a balance.
  9. Too Much Togetherness
  10. Not Enough Togetherness
  11. Practise mindfulness, and remember to breathe
  12. Give more cards with personal notes and fewer gifts.

This year, consider the guide above for ways to eliminate stress and negative emotion and enjoy your family and friends during the holidays to create memories with joy and laughter that will bring out the best in you and your loved ones. Check out my second book, The Power of Emotion, A Practical Guide to Making The Most Of Your Emotional Intelligence. Be sure to check out many more motivational blogs here.

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