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Dealing with stress...

Friday, December 14, 2012

This time of the year is just plain crazy but also fun. Crazy because we have to do our "usual" jobs plus celebrate the holidays. For me this means getting together with family, holiday parties, special church services and events and delicious baked goodies and candies. So how will I deal with it??

1. Eat good-for-me foods - So if someone gives me a cookies, I do not have the cookie for breakfast. I have eggs or oatmeal. Something that nourishes my body. In the past I would take the Christmas season as a vacation from healthy eating and start saying "I'll get back on track January 1st". Ultimately December became the month where I let all my hard work the prior months unravel. If weight loss is truly 80% nutrition, it's imperative that I focus on my food.

2. Breathe and live in the moment (at least once in awhile) - I tend to get overwhelmed with the extra work deadlines, extra events and Christmas shopping. Once in awhile I need to stop and breathe. By rushing through each day and not even recognizing it, the time flies and I feel short-changed. So each night, I turn off all the lights except my Christmas tree and just look at it. It soothes me and reminds me to just breathe.

3. Have fun!! - I need to laugh with my kids and see the excitement through their eyes. They go nuts looking at the Christmas light and decorations. Seeing their joy and letting myself feel some of that is so good for the soul. So that means I will enjoy the endless loop of Rudolph and Frosty cartoons. Watch Elf and Christmas Vacation. Find time for some shopping (which I do enjoy) and just laugh and smile. My Mom always says "Never lose your sense of humor. It's critical." How true!! When our days become all about stress and no fun, we feel it all over. Our food choices suffer. Our self-esteem suffers. Our bodies get tight and sore. So laugh and smile as much as you can!!! Don't take everything so seriously you forget to find the happiness.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SPARKFRAN514 12/20/2012 9:47PM

    I needed this blog to remind me that need to remember what goes in my mouth
thanks i will be back to reread this one when i find my self slipping on the trail

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BESSHAILE 12/19/2012 11:53AM

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Just the reminder I needed today. Thank you sweetheart.

and Joy to you

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ORCHIDLADY56 12/16/2012 8:31AM

    Very good! Love it!

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RECREATING_ME 12/15/2012 10:08PM

    Yes to all of them! I also love to sit and watch the twinkling lights on the Christmas tree -- so calming and mesmerizing. And I got in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" with my kiddos :)

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OKBACK2ME 12/14/2012 10:56PM

    Love the blog and doesn't the Maxine cartoon feel so true. Your Mom is right laughter is the best medicine!

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READYBETTY 12/14/2012 8:31PM

    I enjoyed your blog. The cartoons are great. You have a great plan and the right attitude to make it happen!

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DOODIE59 12/14/2012 4:38PM

    You've got the perfect attitude -- can I have it?:) See the world through your boys' eyes, soak up your Christmas tree lights. You're on the right path. You are at a very busy stage in your life, and it is great that you see what you need to do to not get overwhelmed by it. May you have a most wonderful Christmas!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/14/2012 3:54PM

    its at times like this i am glad i am muslim,lol.less stress over the holiday the same time no excuse to pig either. emoticon

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123ELAINE456 12/14/2012 2:03PM

  Awesome Blog!!!Enjoyed it very much with the visuals etc. A very good way to look at everything. You are doing Great. God Bless You and the Boys. Have a Super Nice Day. Take Care. Have a Wonderful Week. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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RUTHIEBEAR 12/14/2012 1:13PM

    Love the little signs you added into your blog. It sounds like you have a good plan of action to deal with the stress. Now I hope you can stick to your plan. I believe in you and I know you can do it! Make December your best one ever! emoticon

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AMY-MIMI77 12/14/2012 1:06PM

    I love Blogs with Visuals
this was great
Sounds like a wonderful plan!!

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WORLDSERIES11 12/14/2012 11:40AM

    Love your advice and game plan!! The pictures are great too:)
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1CRAZYDOG 12/14/2012 9:32AM

    Every word is true. Good plan! HUGS!!

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POOKASLUAGH 12/14/2012 8:16AM

    Have fun! That's the one lots of people seem to forget about. :)

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TKOVACH1 12/14/2012 8:01AM

    Loved the blog and cartoons. I can relate to everything you said. Take time to enjoy the moments because they pass too quickly. My daughters are 18 and 22 and we still watch all the cartoon, classic and new holiday movies, it's our family tradition with hot cocoa and cider for the kids and now me with water (new tradition). emoticon

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VALYNN26 12/14/2012 7:33AM

    Great blog. emoticon

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LRSILVER 12/14/2012 7:06AM

    Great blog. Good plan

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SASSYLJB 12/14/2012 6:56AM

    Great blog Diamond Girl!! All very true statments! We alll seem to forget to live the moment. I will shut off all the lights but my holiday lights and just breathe once a day! Great idea!
You are Dazzling!

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RIDLEYRIDER 12/14/2012 6:49AM

  Great advice for all. Thanks!

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