Avoid A Stressful Holiday Season & Enjoy Joy Instead

Finding Joy During A Stressful Holiday Season

Let’s avoid feeling as if a stressful holiday season is unavoidable and make it joyful.

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Between the school’s holiday shows and functions, work obligations, holiday parties, and gift shopping, the weeks leading up to Chanukah and Christmas can be a very busy and stressful time. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and rush through your busy days. However, this does not breed holiday joy. It does create a great deal of pressure for a holiday that is often headed by exhausted parents to be perfect.

Avoid a Stressful Holiday Season and take time to stop, take a deep breath and enjoy all that the season has to offer.


When you’re busy, it’s hard to notice the fun little things.

Challenge yourself to stop at least once a day and “breathe in the season”.

Take a short little break and go look at lights.

Turn on Christmas tunes and sing and dance through the house.

Just stop and have some Christmas fun for a few minutes.

Perhaps you can even make some fun Snowflake Crafts.

Get Your Own Little Elves

Santa doesn’t do everything on his own, and neither should you.

Learn to delegate both at home and at the office (or the home office).

Make certain that everyone at home is pitching in. Even young ones should be. Chores teach responsibility.

No better time than the present to get good at delegating. This will help  you to avoid a stressful holiday season


Making A List And Checking It Twice

Last but not least learn to prioritize. Make a list of what you need to get done today, this week, or before Christmas. Prioritize it and then go back and check it again. Strike out anything you don’t really need to do.

It’s amazing how freeing cutting tasks and things out of your life can be. There are a lot of things we do just because we’ve always done them. When you stop and challenge yourself to focus on the important things, it becomes much easier to cut out busy work. In turn, stress can be reduced or even avoided completely.

Follow Santa’s example and just like him, you’ll find joy in during this busy holiday season.

I would love to know how you keep your holiday tasks manageable.

Please let me know in the comments below.

And while we are at it, here are a few tips for how to handle family drama.

  1. Be Patient And Kind – Keeping things simple will make it easier it is to stay patient and kind. When we have too much on our plate, we get stressed out and irritable.
  2. Walk Away If You Need To – If a situation is spiraling out of control, get yourself out of there. Go take a breather and come back when you can get back to being patient and kind.
  3. Put Bad Feelings Aside – Enjoy the time with your loved ones… even the ones who are a little more challenging to love.



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Author: Dr. Elise Cohen Ho
With over 25 years of experience, Elise Cohen Ho, PhD, HHP, NC, MH is an expert in natural health (mental, physical and emotional), support of the family unit and support of the individual. As a Natural Health & Lifestyle Therapist, Amazon International Bestselling Author and Motivational Speaker, she wants every person to understand that they bring incredible POWER to the world with their amazing and unique gifts. Elise is available as a freelance writer, public speaker and for private consultation. Please email elise@elisecohenho.com to set up a FREE consultation today.


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