Health & Medical Self-Improvement

Stress Bustin" for Babes

I know you don't want to believe it, but the holidays are right around the corner.
Soon we'll all be in severe debt, hate our families and be buried in snow.
Joy.
For many, Holidays = Stress.
Let's take a quick look at why, and then I'll give you some tips for staying ahead of the curve before the stressful season arrives.
WHY THE HOLIDAYS MAKE US CRAZY: 1.
) There's too much crap to do.
Holiday parties, kids activities, work, festivals, church, family dinners...
your calendar is exploding along with your head.
2.
) There's too much crap to eat.
We eat cake and cookies and turkeys and ham; savory side dishes and stuff from a can that barley resembles food.
Not only is your brain stressed out but your body is stressed out trying to digest all this nonsense.
3.
) There's too much family time.
C'mon, there's a reason you only see these people once a year.
Let the eye-rolling ensue.
4.
) There's too much crap to buy.
Presents for everyone! And no freaking parking spots! I, for one, enjoy the mass chaos of shopping during the holiday season but for most, it is pure misery.
Suffice it to say, the holidays are a time of excess.
Excess stuff = excess stress.
You know the common stress busters: taking deep breaths, walking away from a stressful situation...
do those ever really work? Here's the trick: Start practicing stress-busting techniques NOW and you'll be pro by the time Turkey Day rolls around.
A.
) Prepare.
Start crafting your holiday schedule now, in September.
Decide where you're going and who you're gonna be with.
Decide what you want to cook (more on this later) or if you want to leave it up to someone else.
Start making present lists and even begin to purchase them.
B.
) Sleep in complete darkness.
This is hard for me because I'm either watching some type of sporting event or 'Friends' when I nod off.
Turn off the TV.
Put your cell phone up.
Your body needs this precious time to recover and repair.
It will be inhibited by light.
Again, start practicing this now.
C.
) Exercise.
Nobody exercises during the holidays.
No one.
BUT you can and you should.
Take 30 minutes (you can spare 30 minutes) and grab your balance ball for a quick workout.
Turn on a music channel on the TV and dance around your living room.
Kickboxing will definitely alleviate some stress.
Get an exercise routine NOW and don't break it when the holidays start approaching.
You can certainly modify it, but don't break it.
D.
) Water is your friend.
It's easy to forget to drink water when you're stressed.
Water is the essence of all life.
We need it to function properly.
It will keep your head clear and your skin glowing.
It will also help to protect you from those yucky winter colds.
E.
) Alcohol is your friend too.
I'm not saying get sloshed at every family get together.
But sometimes, that first sip of wine is all you need.
So pour a glass (or three) and relax a little.
The Holidays are supposed to be a time for family and love (and of course, football) Don't make it more than it is.
Smile and have a little fun! Happy Holiday Stress-Prepping!

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