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How to Make Your Holiday Season as Stress-Free as Can Be

The holiday season brings a great deal of joy and warmth along with it. There's something extra special about this time of year -- but it doesn't come without fault. A great deal of added stress is seemingly dumped on our plates, and it can be hard to catch our breath. The pressure of finding gifts, rushing around in the hustle and bustle to visit everyone, having people visit you, getting to see relatives you miss and even having to deal with those that aren't always a joy to be around.

This season really can be enjoyable and heart-warming, even with the stress involved. Walking into this time of year with a great mindset and some helpful reminders gets me through every year...and I'd love to share my tips on how I do this with your.

For a stress-free holiday season, I try to...

Remember perfect doesn't really exist

Your cookies turned out like blobs, Your lights aren't lighting up. Your kids just made a mess of your clean house moments before the guests are arriving . Surrender your vision of what perfect is and just let it go. The only thing the people in your life care about is being with you.

Don't feel bad about saying "no."

you can't do it all. There's no reason you need to go to every party and event from now through New Year's. Decide which ones are most important to attend and politely decline the others. Spreading yourself too thin isn't good for anyone, and it makes the time fly by faster, also. You"ll enjoy the holiday months better if they don't whiz by in a blink.

Stay away from crash diets