10 Ways to Keep Holiday Stress at Bay

The days seem to pick up speed as the calendar rounds toward the end of the year. Are you and your clients feeling a bit overwhelmed with the thought of the holiday season rapidly approaching? Keep calm in the face of the season’s frenetic pace with these 10 tips for curbing holiday stress. Leverage them for social posts or share with your sphere in an informative email. This article first appeared within this quarter’s personally-branded magazine, available below.

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Grab groceries on the go.
Most stores offer curbside pickup and delivery, giving you the gift of more time. Get pantry staples with time to spare and save the freshest needs for last.

Confab with the fam.
Stave off hurt feelings by setting expectations for visits with the extended family ahead of time.

Take time off.
Don’t be a Scrooge when it comes to scheduling PTO. 

Slow the dinner rush.
Simplify the nightly meal – plan a weekly menu, up your takeout game, or try a meal kit delivery service. 

Plan ahead.
Opt out of the last-minute frenzy by parsing your holiday to-do list out over weeks instead of days.

Go green with greetings.
Skip the snail mail and paper trail by sending season’s greetings via a digital card service.

Don’t budge on the budget.
Steer clear of the siren call of sales by setting strict spending parameters. Your future self will thank you.

Settle in for self-reflection.
As the year ends, take stock of what worked and what didn’t during the past 12 months. 

Ground yourself in gratitude.
Lighten your load with a quick rundown of your greatest gratitude hits. 

Embrace the ‘no.’
The holiday season heralds a flurry of invitations. Say ‘no’ early and often to avoid being overbooked.

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