As we go deep into the holiday season our stress levels can increase. The combination of closing out the year at work, finalizing plans for business in the new year, and dealing with the myriad of family issues that tend to be exaggerated at the holidays can increase stress.

There are also a number of stress reduction techniques to help you get through these challenging times. See this column from Forbes. There are no surprises here, just well-articulated common sense.

I have found that disconnecting is particularly helpful. Every day I try to take a little “vacation” from the rigors of the day. The time away does not have to be long; in fact often times I can’t afford much time. But 15 minutes reading, playing music or whatever is your escape of choice can have significant stress reducing effects.

Finally, I find it helpful to remind myself “to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference”. With credit to Reinhold Niebhur for adapting the Serenity Prayer as a mantra.

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