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Sunday, November 30, 2008

10 Strategies for Avoiding Holiday Stress

1. List everyone you want to give a gift to and decide your budget for each person.
2. Get a VISA debit card with a limit of your gift budget. Once it is empty your shopping is over.
3. Or, make an agreement with those on your gift list to eliminate that practice this year or donate your time, money or possessions to a charity.
4. List all of your holiday activities.
5. Eliminate the activities that are in your “should” category. If it is too difficult to decide, narrow it down to each family member can pick one and only one activity that is most important to them.
6. Write down your new and improved list of activities, traditions and gift list.
7. This list is what you will now use to create your timeline for the rest of the month.
8. On your family calendar write down when you are going to do each activity and any other days necessary to complete the activity. For example, gift making can involve more than one day to buy materials, make gifts, wrap gifts, and mail or delivery gifts.
9. Work backwards from your December holiday celebration to determine what you need to do when in order to stay focused and organized.
10. Give yourself a gift and spend one day pampering you. No kids, spouse, or pets to care for…just you! You’ll be in the holiday spirit in no time!

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