It’s the most wonderful time of the year; if only you had a moment to enjoy it. While there are plenty of reasons to cherish the holidays, there are also an overwhelming number of things to do, people to see, gifts to buy, appointments to make and trips to take. All that combined can make your day-to-day stressful, even during this special season.

To spark magic back into the holidays, you need to cut the stress – or at least limit it – and to help do that, here are five tips to simplify your daily routine so you can relax and truly make the most of your holidays.

* Enjoy a cup of tea. With the constant “go go go” mentality of the holiday season, you may be inclined to reach for coffee; however, researchers have found many relaxing benefits from drinking tea – whether it’s black, green or chamomile. When you do decide to break for a glass of tea, shut out all other distractions and treat yourself to a little quiet time. Even a quick five minute break can leave you feeling reenergized.

* Connect digitally. Can’t make it to every holiday party and get together? Don’t stress! Though you may not get to visit everyone in person, you can use the Internet to connect with loved ones. Consider creating a family hashtag like #HolidaysWithTheJoneses to keep track of posts and photos from the festivities

* Step outside. Yes, it’s cold, but with shorter days and longer nights, soaking up as much daylight as possible will help stave off the winter blues. It’s good for both mind and body, especially during the busy holidays. Once you’re outside, use this opportunity to spend some quality time with the family by building a snowman or staging an impromptu snowball fight. When you’re focused on having fun together, you’ll remember what makes the holidays special.

* Turn on some tunes. Whether you’re a Christmas carol die-hard or a musical Scrooge, music has an undeniable effect on your mood. Spin your favorite songs to help you get through shopping, travel, gift wrapping and more with a smile on your face. You’ll be dancing to a new beat and those errands will seem a lot merrier.

* Take some time for yourself. It’s better to give than to receive, but make sure to take some time to give yourself a relaxing treat during the holidays. Enjoy the calming effects of yoga, go to the gym or hit the spa. Taking a step back to focus on yourself makes you feel great and reduces your stress level.

The holidays can be hectic, but it is also a wonderful time to reconnect with friends and family to celebrate the season. These simple stress-reducing techniques can help you make the holidays truly wonderful.


  1. When I sit and look at my Christmas tree decorated with the lights shining and glowing in the darken room, it makes me feel happier.

  2. I saw on tv some creative types of people used their hurricane sand bag collection, and stacked them up bigger at the bottom, and narrower at the top, to form a “body” and put a snowman’s head and top hat on it, at the top, for their very own Florida hurricane yard décor. I thought it was different, and pretty cool….and if someone ran off with them, and stole their décor, well, they didn’t get much, and they were going to have to do some lugging.

  3. The city park at KLNP is very pretty at night. I like those “shooting stars” or whatever those lights are, way up in the oak trees, and look like they are falling down toward the ground.

  4. I also sing Christmas carols and songs to my dog, he appreciates my singing, but no one else does….lol He even sings along with me…for real.

  5. I don’t know….It is horrible to watch the news and tv about the Amtrak derailment, caused by speeding way to fast, and that killed people right here during the holidays, on it’s first day of service. That right there sure makes me question the Florida plan to put a bullet train down the middle of I-4 heading to Tampa, and another bullet train to Miami somewhere……I can’t imagine driving on I-4 to Tampa and having a bullet train speeding along in the middle!!! Scariest thing I have ever heard!!!

  6. I’ll tell you something else that is scary….that new President Trump look alike in the Presidential Hall of Fame at Disney. One President Trump is one president too many, and now another! Is that one of those “artificial intelligent robots”….? At least it has that to its credit!…LOL It does look very much like him, but kind of wrinkly in the neck area, like the texture of crepe paper streamers… they should of put that Trump robot in the Rocky Horror Picture Show.


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