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The mission of CASA of West Texas is to recruit, train and support committed volunteers who are appointed by the court to advocate for the best interest of children in the foster care system.

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CASA of West Texas supports volunteers who advocate for child abuse victims in Midland, Howard, Dawson, Gaines, Andrews, Martin and Glasscock Counties.  When severe child abuse and neglect occurs in a home, foster care may be the only option to keep a child safe.  When a child enters foster care, a judge will appoint a CASA Volunteer to advocate for that child's best interest in court and in the community.  Being in foster care is very difficult for a child.  Every child in foster care needs someone they can count on to be there for them...someone to speak up for them--an advocate.  Could you be that person? Learn more and get involved.

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How to Decrease Stress During the Holidays

How to Decrease Stress During the Holidays

What’s your favorite holiday tradition? Maybe it’s baking cookies together as a family, knitting your own stocking or opening up one present early. No matter what your favorite traditions might be, there’s probably one holiday tradition we could all stand to lose: stress. Between shopping, wrapping, cleaning and cooking, the holidays can be a very stressful time for everyone involved. 

Fortunately, if you want to live a more positive, healthy and altruistic lifestyle, there are ways you can combat the influx of stress during the holiday season. As you prepare for all of the gifts, parties and dinners headed your way this season, here are some ideas for how to decrease stress during the holidays.

1. Lower your standards.
One of the simplest ways to decrease your stress levels during the holiday season is to simply lower your standards. Oftentimes when we head into big events, we have huge, unrealistic expectations for them. We envision all of the decorations to be beautiful, the food to be delicious, the house to be clean and for everyone to suddenly get along perfectly. Unfortunately, this is rarely the truth. Instead, lower your standards before heading into the holidays with a little bit of reality. Things won’t be perfect, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still be good.

2. Don’t sweat the little stuff.
Once you’ve lowered your standards, keep in mind not to sweat the little stuff. The most important part of the holidays is spending time with loved ones. Everything else is nice, but not necessary. Which means if your kitchen is a little messy, someone’s present isn’t wrapped perfectly or people are late to the party, don’t worry. As long as you have valuable time with family and friends, everything will come together in the end. 

3. Delegate responsibilities.
Part of the stress we feel during the holiday season is because we try to do everything by ourselves. We pick out gifts, wrap presents, send holiday cards, decorate the tree, clean up, cook, etc… the list goes on and on. No wonder by the end of it all we feel like pulling our hair out! Instead, take this season as an opportunity to delegate responsibilities. Ask your spouse to handle parts of the planning, ask your in-laws to coordinate another part and even give your children responsibility. The more you can delegate all of the work, the less stressed you will feel.

4. Reduce optional events.
The holidays are an exceptional time for events. It seems like everywhere you look someone new is having a party, hosting a gift exchange or starting an activity. While it can be tempting to dive deep into the winter wonderland of events, these often over-crowd our schedules and leave us feeling overwhelmed and stressed, rather than cheerful and jolly. Don’t be afraid to reduce the number of optional events in your calendar this year. Which means: if you do not absolutely have to attend something, then consider not going. While it might be tough to say no, you will feel much more relaxed in the end.

5. Take time to relax.
Speaking of relaxed, take time to relax this holiday season. Between everything you have to do and everything going on, there’s hardly any time to simply sit and enjoy the winter quiet. Instead, be intentional about blocking out time for you to be alone and relax. Maybe you wake up a few minutes early so you can read a good book. Or perhaps you stay up a little bit later so you can enjoy a luxurious bubble bath. However you choose to relax, be intentional about setting aside time this holiday season to relieve stress.

The holidays are an incredibly stressful time, but they don’t have to be. Instead, keep these tips in mind as you head into the season, so you can relax and truly enjoy your time with loved ones. Decrease your stress and embrace holidays filled with love, joy and most importantly, peace.

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