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Holiday music is bad for your mental health

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The sights and sounds of the holidays are here — and they're completely inescapable. No matter where you go, it seems like the same classic songs are played on repeat.
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At first, holiday music can be uplifting, but after a certain period of time, it can cause boredom — and even distress.
It can remind listeners of the other stressors of the holidays — like finances and family. In fact, a 2011 Consumer Reports survey found that 23 percent of Americans dread holiday music.
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Is holiday music for you? How can you strike the right balance of good cheer that doesn't drive you crazy?
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People who are already stressed out about the holidays -- worrying about money, traveling, or seeing relatives -- may find the musical reminder of the cause of their stress very unwelcome,
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Before getting swept up in the holiday rush, decide for yourself what is important to you this season. Maybe it’s sticking to your self-care routines, meditating daily to stay present, or maintaining healthy eating habits. It could be as simple as giving back more, or starting a gratitude journal. Whatever matters to you, hold that intention for the season, to help you remain mindful of that it’s all about.
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When you have a holiday party, plan ahead what you are willing to eat, and what you’re not willing to eat. Ask yourself: Where do I draw the line? It’s no fun to completely restrict yourself, and you’ll just end up wanting more. By planning ahead you can have what you like without going overboard.
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When you have a holiday party, plan ahead what you are willing to eat, and what you’re not willing to eat. Ask yourself: Where do I draw the line? It’s no fun to completely restrict yourself, and you’ll just end up wanting more. By planning ahead you can have what you like without going overboard.
Also, plan how much alcohol you are confortable drinking. I prefer to stick to just one, but I pick my absolute favorite, and slowly sip on it throughout the night to thoroughly enjoy it. If you don’t want to drink at all, a nice wine glass with sparkling water and a lime looks festive, and gives you something to sip on, but won’t give you a headache.
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With the hectic pace and over indulging, the immune system can take a beating this time of year. Take your probiotics, vitamin C, use your essential oils, get good sleep and don’t overdo it on sugar and alcohol.
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If you’ve already developed morning and night time self care rituals, the holidays are a time where you should stick to them the most. These routines help to begin and end the day, on a relaxed and positive note. Self care can be physical or spiritual, so decide what works for you and don’t neglect yourself.
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Let go of your own expectations for the holiday season. There are certain commitments on your plate that you absolutely need to keep, but more than likely there are others that you can let go. Free yourself from your own expectations for a perfect holiday season. Scale back if you need to.
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Let others ease your schedule. Do you have the mindset of “if I don’t do it, it won’t get done”? Enlist family, friends and neighbors to help with meal preparation or child care. ‘Tis the season for helper elves – allow older children to help wrap gifts from Santa.
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Take one day at a time. Tackle each day’s schedule without worrying about the next day, next week or next month. Manage tasks as they arise, but save yourself extra stress and leave worry behind you.
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