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Holiday Stress

- December 2, 2019 by Paula Tetrault (View all posts by Paula)

With the Christmas season upon us, some of us can already feel the weight of the season bringing us down. The pressure to meet everyone’s expectations can deflate that jolly feeling faster than you can find a parking space at the mall.

Also, yes, it is Christmastime! Just take a look at any store! Who would have thought that pumpkins, pilgrims, and Prancer went so well together? No wonder some people get confused and leave their Christmas lights up year-round!

So what can you do to stay jolly? Good question!

During this hectic time of year, we run ourselves ragged. The holidays can quickly turn into a race to make purchases, wrap gifts, decorate and make it to all of the holiday parties. We eat unhealthy food, stop exercising (because we are running up and down the aisles at every store…that’s exercise, right?) and often don’t take the time to unwind with friends. Have you ever told someone that there was no time to meet for coffee or lunch because you were too busy with your holiday commitments?

Here are some solutions for managing holiday stress:

  • Plan ahead — Christmas lands on the same day every year! Start shopping early in the year.
  • Keep a list of items purchased, so you don’t overbuy or overspend.
  • Stay active. Even a few minutes a day can keep your energy levels up and benefit your overall health.
  • Eat nutritious food. Overloading on sweets and sugar decrease your energy levels and make you feel run down.
  • All things in moderation. All of the holiday parties and gatherings can lead to overeating, overdrinking, and overspending. All of these overindulgences can negatively impact your overall well-being.
  • Take time for yourself. Enjoy a quiet moment, a time to catch your breath.
  • And yes, remember to breathe. Deep breathing can calm your nerves and help you refocus.

Happy Holidays!


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