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5 Things to Ditch for a Happier Holiday Season

by Rebecca Eanes


3. Ditch what isn’t important to you.

Come on, now. We’ve all been guilty of overextending ourselves because we were trying to impress our in-laws or keep up with the Jones’. Ditch the self-conscious people pleasing this year. Make a list of what is really important to you and your family. If you’re tempted to do something that’s not on that list, just say no.

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4. Ditch the technology.

You don’t have to go cold turkey, but spending a little less time staring at screens through the holidays will improve your mental and emotional health. Late-night computer and cell phone use has been linked to fatigue, stress, and depression. If nothing else, try to shut them down a couple of hours before bed.

5. Ditch the clutter.

Researchers have confirmed that clutter has negative effects on your mind and even your health. Fortunately, there’s no better time to get rid of all that extra stuff than during the holiday season when many places take used times to give to those who need them. Spend a day reorganizing and putting unused clothes, toys, and more into donation boxes. Clear your space and your mind while helping those in need.

Remember, the gift of presence and connection are the greatest gifts of all. So let’s ditch the stress this holiday season and embrace joy, comfort, and our loved ones instead.

Rebecca Eanes is the bestselling author of multiple books including Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, The Positive Parenting Workbook, and The Gift of a Happy Mother. She is the grateful mom of two boys. 


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