10 Tips for Managing Holiday Stress Thursday December 12, 2013 As wonderful as the holidays can be, they can also be an extremely stressful time of year. From shopping and baking to parties and travelling, sometimes we get so busy doing that we forget to savor the memories. Here are some tips to help you manage your time and stress level this holiday season. Get the members of your household to make a list of holiday expectations. Share your lists and discuss. Less is more. Get everyone to cut their seeing and doing lists in half. This in itself will help guarantee “a relaxing, old-fashioned holiday.” Make “things-to-do” lists to keep you organized. Get enough sleep. Fatigue can lead to stress, overeating, alcohol abuse, & numerous family problems. Let go of family traditions that are too much work-or simplify them. Avoid family tug-of-wars. Spend one holiday with one set of relatives, and the other with another set. Consider extending holiday get-togethers through the first two weeks of January, rather than shoehorning everything into November and December. Do something special for people you don’t know. Call your local shelter or nursing home to see how you can help. If you live alone, or are recently divorced or widowed, make special plans so you won’t feel lonely or isolated. Plan a post-holiday activity that everyone can look forward to.