Are you ready for the Holidays?

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by Benjamin Ard on Sep 20, 2013

So we have several big holidays coming up like Halloween, thanksgiving, and Christmas.  These holidays often mean lots of family and friends but this can also mean lots of stress as well if you aren’t ready.  Here are some tips to getting your house and life in order for the holidays.

Drop all the expectations

This is about you.  You are taking off work to enjoy the family and all of your friends so don’t stress too much about all of the expectations.  There is a lot to learn from someone who can actually relax for the holidays because some people really struggle with that. 

Clean up the house

This doesn’t mean you should focus on all of the nit picky things.  There are some simple changes you can make to prepare for the season.  One of these is by changing the scent of your house.  There is nothing more seasonal than certain scents.  For instance the smell of nutmeg or cinnamon always takes people back to Christmas, whereas the smell of dry leaves, turkey and gravy may bring back fond memories of the cornucopia of thanksgiving.

Do your spring cleaning for fall

This means get rid of some of the things you may not need this holiday season. You can help clear up the clutter before it gets really bad.  This will help you think and relax during the holidays. 

Plan to relax

Although this seems sort of ridiculous it is definitely an important thing to do.  Most people just think that relaxing comes naturally but many of us really struggle with it.  So if you are one of these people you should probably take a chill pill and plan on taking a break this season. 

Remember what the holidays are all about.  It isn’t just about relaxation but perspective and helping us remember others.

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