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Avoiding Holiday Anxiety

Posted by Pete Evering on November 29, 2016
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We all have mixed feelings about holiday gatherings. Some feel like the Grinch and don’t even want to participate. Others feel like jolly Ol’ Saint Nick and can’t wait to reconnect with their loved ones. Sometimes it’s just a struggle to find the perfect holiday gift for a reasonable price. Whatever it is you might be freaking out over, there’s no reason to stress. The holidays are supposed to be a cheerful time! 
One of the biggest stressors during the holidays is gift shopping. Finding the perfect gift for an affordable price can be a struggle, but it’s nothing to get worked up over. Gifts are about quality, not quantity. It may sound cliché, but it really is the thought that counts. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on presents to be sure your loved ones like them. Most of the time, the best gifts are the ones that come from the heart. Try adding a little personal touch to your gifts this holiday season and you’ll be sure to save some money. Anyway, gifts aren’t the main point of the holidays. Yes, they are a plus, but it’s really about spending time with the people you love. 
Now, don’t be naïve. Cherish these special moments with your loved ones; however, we all know they can be a little hectic. All of your family members under one roof at the same time can be pretty chaotic. Someone has probably had too much spiked eggnog, a few people are probably arguing about politics, the kids are surely running around making a mess…that’s all normal! Take a deep breath and appreciate it. They may be crazy, but they’re the ones that mean the most to you. If you want to liven things up a little bit try to bring the whole family together to play some fun holiday games like Candy Canes, Holiday Charades, Gag Gift Exchange, etc. Have some fun and don’t be afraid to add a little sometime extra to your eggnog to make the day more enjoyable.  
Just remember, this only happens once a year. Try to make the best of it!
Happy Holidays!
Utopia Management

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