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The holiday season is upon us once again. For many of us, that means stress and anxiety. Between buying gifts, attending parties, and preparing for family gatherings, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some tips for surviving the holiday season without losing your mind.

1. Make a list—and check it twice.
One of the best ways to reduce stress is to be organized. Before the madness of the holidays begins, sit down and make a list of everything you need to do. Include everything from buying gifts to attending parties to cooking holiday meals. Once you have your list, prioritize it so you know what needs to be done first. And don’t forget to add some fun things to your list as well! Seeing all the fun things you have planned will help keep you motivated when things get tough.

2. Give yourself a break.
The holiday season is a busy time, but that doesn’t mean you have to do everything at once. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a break and do something for yourself. Take a long bath, read your favorite book, or watch your favorite movie. Whatever you do, make sure it’s something that relaxes and rejuvenates you. You’ll be surprised how much better you’ll feel after taking some time for yourself.

3. delegate, delegate, delegate!
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by everything on your plate, delegate! Ask your spouse or partner to help with gift-buying or party-planning. Ask a friend or family member to help with cooking or wrapping presents. Delegating will not only help reduce your stress levels, but it will also help you enjoy the holiday season more because you’ll have more free time to do the things you love.

4. Don’t forget to exercise!
It’s easy to let your exercise routine fall by the wayside during the holidays, but don’t do it! Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and boost your energy levels. Even if you can only squeeze in a quick workout at lunchtime or before bed, it’s better than nothing. And who knows? You might even find that you enjoy working out more when you’re not trying to fit it into an already packed schedule.

The holiday season doesn’t have to be stressful—if you plan ahead and take care of yourself, you can survive (and even enjoy!) this busy time of year. So make a list, delegate when possible, and don’t forget to exercise and take some time for yourself. With these tips in mind, you’ll be ready to tackle anything the holidays throw your way!