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7 Tips to Keep Yourself Stress Free During the Holiday Season

The crazy, chaotic and hair pulling holiday season is around the corner. A long list of gifts to buy, insane traffic to brave, shopping malls to navigate and a number of parties to show up to looking fresh and fab as if you just ended a meditation session.

It's possible to have a different version of the holidays this year. One where no stress is involved. A season that you enjoy and breeze through like a pro. One where you show up at all the parties looking like the queen that you are and ready to mingle and flash a big genuine smile at the people you meet.

Tip # 1: Plan ahead

Nothing is sexier than an organized, well thought of planner. This way, you minimize those last minute things that you just remembered. I always say (and oh so true!): What gets scheduled gets done. It just does. Have a monthly and daily planner. The monthly as an overview of the events that will go down and the daily for the hourly details of each day. You can either buy your planners at any office supply store or just print them yourself! I personally love and use these myself.

Tip # 2: Always get enough sleep. No matter what, stay within 6-8 hours. You'll be ok within this range. You can fully function and still be at your best with this much rest. Just never less than 6 or more than 8. It also has to be consecutive. Not 4 hours here and 4 hours there. No, not gonna work. It's got to be a full, straight 6-8 hours.

Tip # 3: Hydrate! I can't say it enough. But specially this holiday season, you need to make sure you do not forget. You'll be out and about a lot -- in shopping malls, at parties, in traffic...make sure you always carry an extra bottle of water to keep you hydrated and in good mindful shape. While you're at it, pack yourself an extra piece of fruit, it could be a banana, an apple, orange or a little baggie of grapes.

Tip # 4: No matter what, wash your face before going to bed. No matter how late you get home from a party or how tired you are from all the errands you did, go. wash. your. face. Skipping this step is a major recipe for blocked pores. Blocked pores = acne. Acne = dirty face. You don't want walking around and mingling at events with a dirty face do you?

Tip # 5: Gratitude exercises. This one's huge for me personally. Not just during the holidays but all year round. Try this. When you're starting to feel overwhelmed by everything...despite the planning and everything...when it starts to feel too much....when you feel just pressed for time and energy...try saying things like:

How lucky am I that I get to go shopping for my friends and family....that means that 1) I have all these wonderful people in my life and 2) I am financially capable of buying them presents in this beautiful season of love and giving.

Or...

How lucky am I to be sitting here in traffic in my car...that means I have a reliable means of transportation that can take me anywhere I need to go. I don't need to commute...transfer from bus to train or hail a cab or call an Uber.

Or...

How lucky am I to have all these parties to attend...that means I get to dress up and meet and mingle with people...I get to enjoy good food...I get to relax and have fun with friends and family...and I am important enough in these people's lives to have been invited to participate in their gathering.

When you change your perspective from being bothered or troubled to one of gratitude for simply being in the situation you're in, the way you're feeling does a major 360.

Tip # 6: Show up in the world. Like Tip # 6, this is a good practice not just for the holiday season but for the rest of the year. Keep showing up in the world. Say yes to every invitation you receive. Go out and talk to people. Don't get cooped up in your house watching TV or Netflix. Try not buying things online too much and actually go out. You never know who you might bump into or the interesting conversations you might not otherwise have had had you just stayed in the safe zone of your house. Live. Go out. Smile at people. Be the first to strike a conversation. Don't be shy. Opportunities and beautiful experiences are all around you, you just have to show up to experience them.

Tip # 7: Relax. No one stresses us out more than ourselves. If you missed something at the store, don't curse at yourself for forgetting. These are super minute things that happen to all of us because we're human. If you don't feel good about the outfit you had planned on wearing, chill and try on another one. At the end of the day, people won't remember you for what you wore but for the interesting way you partook in a conversation or how you made them laugh and/or feel. If something didn't pan out as you'd planned, its ok. Forget it, give yourself a break and move on with a smile on your face.

Hope you have an amazing holidays!

Smiles,

Marge

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