The countdown has begun. You’re already up to your neck in the list of everyday tasks, now you have to add the holiday ones! Good news…when you start writing down your anxieties and stresses, instead of letting them float around in your brain, they will become easier to deal with!

So start busting your stress by putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. The act of writing about your frustrations is not only good therapy but will also help you gain insights into the causes of your stress.

Set aside 15 minutes a day to write about what’s bugging you. At the end of the week, turn them into “vignettes” which are 2 to 3 paragraphs with a humorous or sad or spiritual point of view. Or just reread them and get angry, then decide what you can eliminate from your holiday load.  This will help you get a handle on what is bugging you! At work you can get everyone together in your office and have each person write down what they love about the holidays thus creating a group “story”. Also, remain positive, spread some joy. Post a few positive messages to the company website or blog. And don’t forget to send hand written thank you notes or cards to clients and vendors. They’ll be unexpected and appreciated.

These tips come from my 7-page e-booklet of tips, “Write Your Way Out Of Holiday Stress!” that was based upon my actual experiences as a writer and that worked for me.  I have used them year after year and see them as a better solution to conquering my stresses than chocolate or alcohol! The sections in this e-booklet cover: “Stress Busting Your Personal Life”, “Banishing the Grinch from Business and Career”, “Words As Gifts”.  If you would like a FREE copy, e-mail me Beyond-Words@att.net and put “busting stress” in the subject line.

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