The Holidays are here, whether we like them or not. Sometimes it is  filled with friends, family , and get_togethers, and sometimes it is filled with anxiety and stress. This is a hurried time of year, and that can add to the stress. Everyone is in a hurry to shop, and try to fit everything in to their schedules. Traffic increases and time decreases. If you add into it the gift buying pressures, and baking, cooking, traveling, this can stir up anxiousness. Make sure to take time for yourself. Here are a few ideas to help you find joy during this(or any) time of year. Take a "time out", go for a walk, read a book, take a bubble bath, or treat yourself to something small that brightens up your day! Remember-we all have the same 24 hours in a day. Sticking to a schedule can help. Know that if you are stressed, there are others feeling that way too! So, during that rush hour traffic, or while waiting in line, try to remember that there are people dealing with their own issues(loss of a loved one, loss of jobs, divorce,empty- nesters, and not able to be with family). Check on distant loved ones, and neighbors who may be alone. Sometimes the best gift that you can give is something simple like an invite, or a dish of food, or even a hug or lending an ear. THIS is what the season should be about. Spread the CHEER!