Next Avenue: Don’t let holiday hype stress you out

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.

The holidays are supposed to be a time of thankfulness, reflection, observance and celebration. But too often, the idealistic visions of a perfect holiday are marred by tensions and stress. Financial pressure, over-commitment and unrealistic expectations are among the culprits. There are adjustments you can make, however, that can bring joy and peace to the season.

Here are eight ways to lessen stress:

1. Have realistic expectations. Magazines, TV shows, even commercials depict elaborate holiday decorations, spotless homes and bountiful feasts. All of those images push us toward unrealistic expectations of ourselves and others.

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