December 2018 Hot Flashes

The Holidays – More memorable, wonderful, or stressful?

While the holidays can be a lovely time to be had by all, the fact is that for many of us, it’s a time of stress and worry. How might you cope with it? Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

1: Create a schedule. Start by listing out what needs to be done. Then your timing. Share with the family so everyone is on board. Include days for shopping, holiday parties, school activities, et al.

2: Because financial concerns are always a big cause of stress, set a budget and stick to it. Take into consideration your normal monthly expenses first. If you do use a credit card, make a plan to pay it off as quickly as possible. When you are tempted to spend outside the budget, don’t budge!

3: Remember that a spill on your holiday outfit, or dinner running 30 minutes late isn’t the end of the world and could become a funny memory to enjoy years from now. Have you kids make out a list of the gifts they want, but remind them that they won’t get them all. Talk with them about facing the reality of the situation.

4: Try not to overindulge. Excessive stress raises appetite and cravings for sugary and fatty foods, and chronic drinking. Eat healthy. Have yogurt or apple with peanut butter for breakfast. It’ll be a good protein boost and may enable you to eat less when it’s time for the big meal.

Here’s to a stress free Christmas!

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