We hope that you’re trying to attend to your own needs while still honoring this week of family togetherness. Let your plans for the new year include nurturing yourself. As you begin to lay the groundwork for change, treat yourself to better health by keeping your stress in check.

1. Ask for what you need. Pronounce the holiday meals potluck and don’t feel guilty about it. If they want to, let your family help with the dishes and clean up. Accept your friend’s offer to bring an appetizer, or even the main course, to the New Year’s Eve party. They’ll all be glad to play a more active role and you’ll have the time and energy to participate in the festivities.

2. Give yourself a break. Instead of worrying about all the desserts you’ve eaten, use that energy for a brisk walk in the park. Or pay off some debt rather than taking the family on an expensive outing; they will understand and grow from the experience.

3. Find emotional support. With the challenges of college age children coming home, integrating new in-laws into the family unit and caring for the growing needs of your parents – take a breather and call a friend. Share your feelings about what’s going on with your family – relish in getting it off your chest, gaining some positive feedback or having a good laugh together.

You’ve worked hard to make the holidays special for all the family. Now receive, from yourself, a virtual stress-free voucher – relax into the idea of some relaxation and peace of mind.

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