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Four holiday survival tips
By Maggie Toussaint

dreamstime_xs_61432240From the belly-pleasing feast at Thanksgiving to ringing in the New Year, the holiday season is a fast-paced romp of calendar-filling must-dos.

It’s easy to feel harried with extra demands on an already full schedule, but fear not, I have cobbled together four stress beating tips to help you through this busy season.

1) Be yourself. Trust that the important stuff will get done. Respect your intuition and remember you’re human.

2) Be flexible. Go with the flow, especially when traveling. Surprises happen. If you put a positive spin on a delay, you will feel better.

3) Recharge when needed. Take naps, put your feet up, or order a carry out meal. Or maybe your thing is soaking in the tub, getting a massage, or doing arts and crafts.

4) Smile often. Smiling affects your mood and can influence others positively. It is the gift that keeps on giving.

Share a holiday tip with us! One U.S. commenter will win a full length eBook from me. Happy Holidays!


  1. Gladys Paradowski says

    I try to ride my stationary bicycle daily and usually read a book while doing so. It sort of helps in lots of ways. I can’t always find reading time otherwise, the exercise is good and it gives me a break when I need one.

    Merry Christmas!

  2. have people help out

  3. maggietoussaint says

    My book winner, as selected by random.org, is Pam Morse! Congratulations, Pam! I’ll email you about your selection.

  4. There truly is no such thing as perfect! You will make yourself crazy if you attempt to achieve this. Just do the best you can and rest assured everyone will love it. Thanks Maggie!

    • maggietoussaint says

      Bec, So many people seem to judge their efforts against perfection. I’ve had to overcome this with my cooking. Other people can cook a lot better, but I do all right and all right is perfect for me. Circular logic, but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it! Thanks for the visit. Maggie

  5. Brittany Abbott says

    Relax and enjoy yourself no matter how hard it might be.

    • maggietoussaint says

      I think you’ve hit the nail on the head. If we can all get through our loaded schedule with grace, we will feel a lot better. Thanks for visiting Booklovers Bench. Maggie

  6. Laugh often, take deep breaths and exercise ( even if it is just a walk).

    • maggietoussaint says

      Those are some great tips, K. Kendler! It’s so easy to tense up and forget to do those deep breaths while exercising. Maggie

  7. Tai Chi saves me from losing my mind . It’s so soothing and relaxing with gentle fluid movements.

    • maggietoussaint says

      Joy, I’ve always wanted to try Tai Chi. We don’t have that offered anywhere close by to my place in the boonies. I love yoga which is also great for relaxation. Maggie

  8. I am also a proponent of walking it relaxes me.

  9. I find excercise is relaxing. Especially getting outside for a walk.

    • maggietoussaint says

      Hi Sandy, I think people often feel they are too tired to exercise, but it is so rewarding to move around and loosen up, even when you are tired from work. Maggie

  10. I like to walk my dog. It helps me relax and burn calories.

    • maggietoussaint says

      Pam, Pets are great for stress relief. Their love is unconditional, and they inspire us to keep moving. That’s a win-win situation in my book! Maggie

  11. Bree Herron says

    Yoga is my big way to relax and survive any storm!

    • maggietoussaint says

      I love yoga. That’s my go-to for everyday stress relief! Thanks for the reminder, Bree!

  12. At 39, I hosted a holiday for the first time this Thanksgiving. I decided to go about the holiday in a relaxed way. This allowed me to really enjoy Thanksgiving and not want it to be perfect. That is my holiday tip. Relax, and realize the holidays are for resting and family.

    • maggietoussaint says

      That’s so true, Cara. I was pleasantly surprised at how relaxed I felt after visiting with family for the holidays. We didn’t do anything in a hurry but it all got done. Here’s hoping the rest of your holidays are just as enjoyable! Maggie

  13. I’m a proponent of walking, too. You can work off some of the meal, get some fresh air and release endorphins. Happy Thanksgiving

    • maggietoussaint says

      I like walking. I wished we lived closer so that we could walk together! Happy holidays, Karla! Maggie