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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.

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