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8 Ways to Minimize Stress This Holiday Season

by South University
December 3, 2013 The holidays are upon us! While the winter months may bring about fun traditions and joyful memories

The holidays are upon us! While the winter months may bring about fun traditions and joyful memories, they can also require you to maintain your busy schedule alongside holiday shopping, family gatherings and much more. If you're already starting to feel a little overwhelmed, try these tips to accomplish more and keep your stress to a minimum this month.

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1. Make a plan. If you create a to-do list, add assignment due dates to your calendar, and budget time in the coming weeks to complete each item and assignment, your schedule will feel less chaotic and more organized.

2. Stick to a budget. It’s easy to get carried away buying gifts, but don’t spend more than you can afford. Look for coupons and good deals at sites like and, or discounted gift cards at and other sites. Or, instead of getting all your friends and co-workers gifts, arrange an exchange (with a pre-set price limit!) so that each person receives one gift. Remember that handmade gifts are also an option—whether it’s something you sew, bake, or otherwise create.

3. Don’t try to do it all. Between events hosted by your friends, family and work colleagues, you may be overwhelmed by an endless array of invitations and expectations, but don’t feel obligated to attend everything. It’s fine to say no when you don’t have the time or desire to participate.

4. Keep parties simple. If you’re hosting a gathering, don’t go overboard. Ask your friends or family to help you clean or cook, or consider asking others to bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert. Remember, the conversations and the good company will be what people remember most, so don’t stress so much about everything else.

5. Set realistic expectations. Let your friends and visiting family members know that you’ll need to make time for school work this holiday season. Most likely, they’ll be pleased to hear of your dedication and work ethic and they should understand when you disappear for a few hours in the evening to attend class.

6. Use your time wisely. Waiting at the airport? Standing still in a long holiday shopping line? Use our mobile site ( to see what’s going on in the classroom. Even better, avoid the retail crowds and shop online to save time and gas!

7. Stay healthy. Avoid being impacted by the winter cold and flu season. Ensure that your whole family is following basic hygiene rules like eating nutritious food, getting enough sleep and washing their hands. Staying well-rested can also help you think clearer and improve your mood. (In related news, it’s National Handwashing Awareness Week; be sure to spread awareness—especially if you work in public health, in a school, or at a healthcare facility!)

8. Relax! This holiday season, enjoy your holiday traditions and spending time with those you love. Take advantage of this opportunity to have fun surrounded by the important people in your life.

From our entire faculty and staff, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!

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