H-Factor Where Is Your Heart


The holidays mean different things to different people. Feeling stressed with the holidays coming up? The holidays don’t have to be stressful, and you can begin approaching the season with more excitement.

Here are some tips to avoid holiday burnout:

Establish guidelines. Make a list of all your holiday activities, including kids plays, parties, and gift exchanges. Once you’ve done that, cross off anything that doesn’t give you and your family true joy. Do the same with your card and gift lists. Drop those things you do because you feel it’s your obligation. You might also think of the things you do because it is “tradition” and decide what can be left off of your list this year.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If your kids want you to make three types of cookies, get them to help you bake them. Also, enlist the assistance of family, friends and co-workers to lighten your load wherever you can.

Watch your snacking during the holidays. When we’re stressed, we reach for comfort food, and there’s nothing more comforting than a plate of cookies. Plus, the sugar rush and crash that follows a holiday binge can wreak havoc on your mood. So keep the snacks (relatively) healthy.

Make a budget and stick to it. Overspending is a big source of holiday stress, so make a budget as early as you can. And once you set the holiday budget, stick to it.

Find your joy. The holidays can hold magic for all of us, but sometimes while we’re making our family’s holiday dreams come true we set aside our own. Don’t. Think about approaching the holidays with the heart and mind of wonder. Consider replacing the harried “to-do” list of what to buy and where to go with designing intentions of how to create a more contented life in the year ahead. The shift from a “stuff” oriented season to a more contemplative sentiment may yield the greatest gifts of all.

Independent filmmaker, author, happiness coach and speaker Lisa Cypers Kamen creates these blogs to entertain, enlighten and educate us as we each undertake our own personal search for happiness.  Happiness is an Inside Job. To contact Lisa, email her directly at lisa@whatisyourhappiness.com and check out her websites at www.whatisyourhappiness.com & www.harvestinghappiness.com .


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