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12.10.10

Holiday stress

There are holiday lights on houses, Christmas music on the radio, and I have even used my fireplace! Unfortunately, along with all of these wonderful things, there can be a lot of stress. Trying to coordinate travel plans, finding extra beds to house your relatives, and cooking for 30 people is no easy feat, but these things should not take all of the joy out of the holidays. Here are some tips to make this holiday season a little easier:

  • ·Don’t overeat to deal with your stress; this will only create more stress for you once you realize you are gaining weight. Have a few treats here and there and enjoy family dinners, but don’t go overboard.
  • ·Keeping up with your exercise routine will relieve stress and help to keep off those extra pounds.
  • ·Sleep! Cutting back on sleep in order to get everything done won’t make you any more productive. When you are sleep deprived you won’t be able to think as clearly and you will be more prone to making mistakes, so try to get in at least 7 hours.
  • ·You don’t have to find the “perfect gift” for everyone on your Christmas list—teenagers want money so that they can buy exactly what they want anyway! Remember that it is the thought that counts, don’t agonize about buying expensive gifts—you still want to be able to pay your bills.
  • ·Plan an activity for your family that you will enjoy. This way, you will have some time to relax and be able to spend it with your family. An activity can be anything from ZooLights at the Phoenix zoo to watching a holiday movie at home!
  • ·It’s ok to say “no” to your family and friends. You can’t be at ten places at once and you won’t enjoy any activity if you try to do this.
  • ·Plan ahead! Make lists for groceries, decorating supplies, daily activities, etc. When it’s written down you can’t forget it, and you will keep last minute disasters to a minimum 🙂

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