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    How to Survive the Holidays

    As the holidays approach, many people are getting excited about spending quality time with family and friends while enjoying great gifts and eating delicious meals. At the same time, however, many of these folks are also worried that the holidays will bring stress and anxiety! Learning how to survive the holidays will let you remain healthy and happy throughout the entire holiday season! How will you maintain your stress and sanity this holiday season? Just follow these tips!

    1. Do Things Outside The Home.
    In many cases, people grow irritated while prepping for the numerous dinners or evening parties scheduled to take place in their homes. This can be frustrating for several reasons! It forces you to get your home spruced up while also planning the details of the event. If this is an issue that keeps you from enjoying the holiday season, you should know that several solutions exist. Start by recommending that your family's get-together take place outside the home. These days, it's become quite popular for people to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners eating out, especially at otherwise unconventional locations (just think how edgy you would be taking your family to the casino). In many cases, these types of options are even better than hosting dinner in your home because it gives people the ability to order exactly what they want off the menu.

    2. Buy Giftcards.
    Outside of trying to plan a dinner party or festive celebration in your home, one of the most frustrating components of the holiday for many people is deciding what gifts to buy for friends and family. Will they actually like your gift? Plus, who doesn’t hate standing in long lines and dealing with grumpy cashiers? There's a simple solution for these issues: a gift certificate.

    When you're attempting to decide which gift certificate to purchase, be sure to keep Isle Casino Hotel® Waterloo Gift Certificates in mind. Currently, the casino is giving away $10,000 in gift certificates – so you can even win their gift! The drawings are being held each hour starting at noon and concluding at 10 pm. Five winners will be selected from each drawing, and the winners will be awarded $100 gift certificates. These gift certificates can be used at any of their restaurant and hotels-and they can also be used to play games at the casino!

    In addition to winning a gift certificate, you can purchase a paper gift certificate can be used anywhere on the floor of the casino. This type can only be purchased with a check or cash.

    3. Thanksgiving and Holiday Buffets.
    Thanksgiving and holiday buffets are a great dinner option! Going out to dinner will let you avoid sweating over a hot oven all day and gives you the opportunity to try new dishes! The casino at the Isle features a tasty buffet that will give you the ability to relax and enjoy nutritious, delicious foods with your dear family and friends.

    4. Create A Budget.
    Oftentimes, the most challenging component of the holiday season is figuring out how much money will be spent on what. Yet this matter doesn't have to be an issue for you. To make things as simple as possible, take the time to sit down and devise a tenable budget before the holiday season even starts. When you begin the process, remember that your budget needs to be realistic. This means that you should not plan to spend beyond your means. At the same time, however, you shouldn't create a budget that forces you to scrimp and pinch to the point where you won't even be able to enjoy the festive season.

    5. Exercise.
    Although this strategy may sound a bit nutty, it is incredibly effective and very important. While we should all be exercising throughout the entire year, doing so during the holiday season is especially important. People tend to get sicker during this time of the year, but by exercising, you give your immune system a healthy boost that can ward off sicknesses that might keep you from enjoying the holidays. Another great benefit of exercise is that it releases a chemical called serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is often referred to as the "happy hormone" because it induces feelings of happiness and calm. Given that the holiday season is a time during which many people are more susceptible to depression, it's important that you engage in activities that will really help you keep your spirit up. Doing so can really help you not just survive the holidays, but actually thrive and live fully as you share time with your loved ones.

    If you're attempting to avoid the stress this holiday season, you should know that it is entirely possible. By following some or all of the strategies outlined above, you will likely find yourself in a good mood throughout the holiday season. This will help you truly enjoy every minute of the holiday season!

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