Beat Holiday Stress

By Cheryl Lohman

Lights are twinkling. Homes are decorated with trees and greenery. Everywhere you look you see signs of the holidays — but you may also be feeling burdened. Instead of appreciating the sparkle of the season, you’re busy agonizing over how to shop for the perfect gifts, taking the kids or grand kids to every fun Christmas event and perfectly prepare your home for hosting guests.

There’s a lot to do every holiday season. But we’re letting the stress and the “must dos” interfere with what’s supposed to be a pleasant time for ourselves and our families. In a survey conducted by Healthline, 62 percent of people said their stress levels were “very or somewhat” higher during the holidays. Only 10 percent of people said they had no holiday-related stress!
Reduce the stress and experience the joy and magic of the season by finding ways to minimize your workload and save time.

  1. Set priorities for your time. Decide as a family on one (okay, maybe two) events you’d like to make time for. Maybe that’s Storybook Land or a holiday craft fair. Sprinkle in a holiday party or two and you’ll be set. Minimize the “have tos” on your calendar.
  2. Not everything has to be homemade. If holiday baking is giving you more anxiety than delight, don’t think twice about getting your goods from a local bakery. Not everyone must produce Pinterest-worthy Christmas cookies.
  3. Consider ways to reduce the time you spend doing housework or getting ready for guests. For example, you could hire a cleaning service for the holidays.
  4. Simplify your personal self care routine. How can you always look great without spending lots of time? Permanent makeup for eyebrows, eyeliner and lip color is a great solution. When you work with an experienced permanent cosmetic specialist who is a member of the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals (SPCP), you’ll ensure that the intricate work of making you look beautiful day and night is done professionally. Many women don’t know if permanent makeup is for them or they don’t know how to get started. Permanent makeup can be customized and personalized so it fits you and your look. A qualified permanent makeup artist can show you photos of her work and take the time to answer your questions.

Cheryl Lohman of Oregon Permanent Makeup is an Oregon Licensed Permanent Makeup Artist and Esthetician, and is a Lifetime Member in the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals. For more information you can reach her at 541-740-1639 or visit her website at

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