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Dealing with Holiday stress

Monday, December 05, 2011

There is just no doubt about it. The holidays are much less stressful once the kids are grown and gone. It's also a little bit boring.... No excited faces, no eager questions, no reading holiday kid books....

When my kids were small I was in a constant state of stress over getting everything done that I wanted to do for the holidays. This included lots of extra baking, shopping, activities, etc. Now I am able to pick and choose what extras I will do and how I will focus my time for the holidays.

I love the activites at church at this time of year -but don't feel obligated to do ALL the activites at church. I love to bake - but since I love to eat what I bake, I also try to give lots of these treats away. Continuing with exercise patterns is crucial at this time and not only helps avoid those unwanted pounds, but also helps manage STRESS!!!

My advice to all - and that includes myself - is not to deny yourself things that make the holidays special, but do them in moderation. Whether it's extra concerts, activites, or treats, ENJOY them but be good to yourself by taking it easy.

Happy Holidays everybody!
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HAPPYONE331 12/5/2011 5:28PM

    Very good advice. Somehow, I still find myself stressing as the Day draws near. I still work, have more folks to shop for, and bigger crowds gathered around the tree. I'm not complaining, it just hasn't slowed down for me at all since the kids grew up and have their own families. I still love the holidays, though. Helps keep me on my toes!

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