It’s that time of year again. “The Holidays” are just around the corner, and with them comes that good old-fashioned holiday stress. You know the type I’m talking about: preparing your home to be full to the rafters with people, preparing to travel long distances to see family members you only see a couple times a year, cooking a HUGE meal that tries to accommodate everyone’s dietary restrictions (vegetarian, gluten free, nut allergy, lactose intolerant, etc.), being served a meal in which you can only eat one or two items because the cook DIDN’T take your dietary restrictions into consideration, or maybe (for whatever reason) you won’t be spending it with family at all. The list could go on and on and on…
So what can you do to stay sane at this time of year? Well, studies show that gratitude can reduce stress, so I’ve come up with a few things we all can be grateful for this holiday season. I know it’s only Nov. 1st, but I find it really unhelpful when lists like these come out less than a week before a holiday, because I’m already running in full-on-stress-mode by then. Hopefully this catches you before the holiday stress kicks in.
Playing Host for a holiday celebration
Traveling to a holiday celebration
Attending multiple holiday celebrations
Spending a holiday alone
I know this is a slight departure from my usual posts so please let me know what you think. I’d love to hear your gratitude(s) regarding the holidays! Please leave them in the comments and share the stress relief with all of us!
P.S. I have a quick favor to ask each of you… I just created a survey to help me understand how you choose a massage therapist. Would you be so kind as to take a couple minutes to complete it. It’s only 10 questions long. Thank you in advance!!
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