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Give Yourself A Break!

The holidays are upon us and many are stressed to the max. Our expectations are over-the-moon. Give yourself a break. Choose a couple of things from your to-do list and pare them down or cross them off. You really don’t need to make 5 dozen each of a dozen different kinds of cookies. The season will go on even if you don’t get the most elaborate ever gingerbread house made.

Studies show that one of the ways to handle stress is to do small things for others. Adding a few new things to your list of nice things you already do for others will help manage your stress. Here’s a list from Peg Johnson, Editor, WPA, of things that are easy to do:

  • Say thank you to someone you don’t usually…coworkers, service personnel, your family.

  • Pay for the person behind you in the fast food line.

  • Hold the door for someone.

  • Let someone who only has a few things go ahead of you in the checkout line.

  • Leave a thank you note and maybe a gift card for your mail carrier and paper deliverer.

  • Leave a thank you note taped to the garbage can when you put it out for collection.

  • Let the person behind you have the next open parking place.

  • Go out of your way to carry someone’s packages for them.

  • Give up your seat on the bus to someone else.

  • Next time you get good service in a retail establishment ask to see the manager and report the excellent service you received.

  • Drop off a small bag of cookies at your neighbor’s house.

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