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In the lead up to Christmas and New Year, glossy magazines paint a picture of absolute joy amidst glamorous meals, gorgeous room settings and happy faces.
You see the same in Bridal Magazines, Home & Lifestyle features and other big glossies.
The mags rarely show the flip side.
The inevitable stresses: pressure of gift selection, last minute catch-ups with neglected friends before the year ends, festivity planning, remembering lost loved ones, struggling with obligations to share time with people they’d rather not be with, panicking about last-minute details, dragging the kids between various in-laws, allocating more time to meet demands of holidaying partners and family, alcohol fueled debates or regrets, and endless cleaning before and after the hoards hurtle through.Wouldn’t it be nice if it were true that you could avoid or reduce the stresses that magazines fail to mention?
Well you can reduce some stresses and save a lot of time by simplifying.
Simplicity doesn’t equal basic, boring or frugal.
To simplify is to let go.
Let go to share the load or simply say no (to yourself or others) on occasion to reduce the pressure.
Settle back today and I'll help you work out how to enjoy the end of the year with less stress and keep your body and mind in shape, no matter what celebration is on the horizon.
You will be surprised at how easy it is.
Be bold and tell others what you want to take the pressure off the gift-giver.
Let joy come from being with guests and sharing rather than dashing between the kitchen and dining table.
Rather than cram in a last-minute get-together right now, make a phone call today or send a hand-written letter.
Fix a date during 2018 to spend more time with lost and neglected friends. Choose a venue that doesn’t involve food or drink. It's time for chatting rather than eating and drinking.
Keep the dining table clear of clutter so mealtimes run smoothly.
What will you do to ease the pressure of celebrations?