The holidays can be a stressful time because the routine of daily living is interupted by family visits, food preparation, and gift giving.  People experience even more stress when they place high expectations on get togethers.  Here’s three top tips to decrease your stress:

1.  Not everything has to be homemade.  If you don’t have a lot of time, don’t feel bad about getting prepared food.  There are so many delicious pre-prepared meals .

2.  Recognize that your childs routine will be temporarliy disrupted, and it’s ok.  Children adapt easily.  A few days out of routine will not mess things up.

3.  Don’t expect your family to give you compliments about your outfit, food, etc..  Expectations are the greatest cause for disappointments.  With that in mind, give yourself a compliment and if you receive them it will be a pleasant surprise.

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