By Lorene Hanley Duquin - OSV Newsweekly, 11/25/2012
There’s no other season of the year that carries with it more opportunity for stress than the four weeks leading up to Christmas. The pressure to decorate, bake, shop, wrap gifts, entertain and maintain a cheerful holiday spirit can leave you feeling totally overwhelmed.
Then there’s the added worry about how you’ll pay the bills when they arrive in January and February.
It’s not unusual for people to suffer from stress-related headaches, muscle tension, overeating, stomach upsets, disrupted sleep, exhaustion and anxiety during the Advent season, which begins Dec. 2.
But the cruelest aspect of holiday stress is the spiritual depletion you feel on Christmas Day, when you long for a sense of peace, joy and love, but instead feel a kind of hollow emptiness inside.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
Here are 30 tips on how to take the stress out of Advent and Christmas. Keep in mind that these helpful hints are just suggestions. Not everything on this list will work for everyone. You might want to circle the tips that sound good to you, and forget about the rest. No pressure! No stress!
Lorene Hanley Duquin writes from New York.
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