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November 15, 2015

Relieve Holiday Stress

The holiday season is coming fast and with it comes added stress. You will be juggling work and family responsibilities, fighting a tendency to overindulge in rich food and drink, and experiencing a mix of emotions including loneliness, frustration, and even anger. This is a potent mix for maximum stress, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips to help you blow off holiday stress before you blow

  • Be Prepared. You know that the holidays will be hectic, so take time now to plan your time later. Open your calendar and block off time to do what is necessary to meet your obligations at work and at home. Identify what you must do versus what you would like to do and prioritize accordingly. No one wins if you stress out trying to be a super hero, so be realistic with what you think you can handle.
  • Aim for Moderation. You will be surrounded by good company, heavenly desserts, lavish meals, and heady beverages. The temptation to overindulge will be strong. Be selective about accepting invitations that come your way and limit indulging in your favorite foods. Take small, tasting portions of everything else and make natural, healthy choice when possible.
  • Keep Moving. It will be more important than ever to stay active. Running around shopping won’t do it! You need to maintain your exercise routine to keep stress-and added pounds—at bay!
  • Stay Positive. Emotions run strong during the holidays. Everything seems sharper and more intense, so we need to be generous with others and ourselves. The season is about love and sharing, so when these emotions pop up, take a few deep breaths and gently let them go.

See my blog post How Often Do You Unplug? for more information you can use. Leave the stress at the door and have a happy, healthful holiday season this year.


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