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Volume 60
Number 10
December 2009



5 Ways to Cut Holiday Stress


5 Ways to Cut Holiday Stress

Between the cookies, the cards, the presents and the parties, the holidays can overwhelm even the most organized among us.

Last month, Meg Stoltzfus, lifespan services manager with the Office of Work, Life and Engagement shared some tips for keeping stress at bay during this busy season.

  • Develop a Plan: Talk with your family and decide how much money you’ll spend, which events you’ll attend and who you’ll spend time with.

  • Cut Back: Practice saying no. Focus on the meaning of the holiday. Choose the activities you really want to attend. Instead of gifts, do a gift exchange or give gift certificates for babysitting, snow shoveling or a home-cooked meal.

  • Save Time: Buy precut vegetables. Print labels for your holiday cards. Divide tasks among family members.

  • Practice Stress Management: Breathe deeply and slowly from the belly. Listen to music. Eat sensibly. Reward yourself for completing small steps.

  • Commit to Change: Find ways to reduce stress at home, at work, and in your relationships. Share your commitment with a friend or relative—you’ll be more likely to follow through.

For additional tips or help with aging-adult care, child care, adoption or parenting, use the free and confidential services of the Office of Work, Life and Engagement at 443-997-7000.




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