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Tips for a stress-free holiday

Holidays can be a magical time filled with friends, family and memorable events. The one thing we can all do without is the stress. We tend to set ourselves up with crazy schedules and the desire to do it all. What happens when it gets to be too much and your therapist is visiting relatives in Bali? For many of us, the answer is simple—EFT. Emotional Freedom Techniques® (EFT) are a fast, free way to eliminate stress without drugs or elaborate exercises.

Tips for a stress-free holiday

"This year can be different," says EFT expert Dr. Alex Lees. "Here's what you can do to make this Christmas be a joyous occasion. Turn your attention inward and notice your reaction to an event or circumstance. Put what you are feeling into words; once you have put into words what you are feeling, you are clear on your response, decide if you want to feel that way."

Lees goes on to discuss the simple method involved in relieving that stress on I have to tell you that I've used this technique myself many times and have received instant relief.

It also helps to avoid situations that make me crazy. Over the years I've compiled friends' advice to come up with this list:

  • Start early
  • Shopping throughout the year really cuts down on stress.
  • Ask for help
  • Don't try to do it all on your own!
  • Be organized
  • All invitations and holiday cards you need to return can be kept in one central place.
  • Alcohol tends to stress me out
  • If it's my turn to host, I like to celebrate the season with drinks such as eggnog or hot cider.
  • Food is always a huge issue around the holidays
  • Don't feel as if you need to create a masterpiece to put on the buffet table, a few special items are fine.
  • Since food is such a big issue, it deserves two slots
  • Holidays are often the downfall of any diet. If it's your party, separate the desserts from the regular food, or take something that fits into your diet so you aren't stranded with whatever is being served.
  • Don't put it off
  • Clean up right away to avoid a morning after post-party mess.
  • Enjoy yourself
  • No one cares if there is too much tinsel on the left side of the tree.
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