Avoiding Holiday Stress Dr. Mommy Health Tips

Avoiding Holiday Stress  Dr. Mommy Health Tips

Health Tips for a healthier lifestyle

by Dr. Mommy Health Tips on December 3, 2010

It seems that no matter how hard we try, we cant avoid the holiday stress. I recently shared on my MomTV show Going Retro with Dr. Mommy some ways to first identify stress and tips on how to handle stress during the holidays.

First its important to learn to identify the different stress signals that may occur. When you are able to identify the signals you will be able to handle or simply avoid the end result which is the needless stress.

Irritability or short temper this is a signal that many of us tend to avoid but those around us can easily identify. If you find yourself giving short responses or becoming irritated over non-sense, chances are you are experiencing the first signs of stress.

Difficulty sleeping if you find yourself tossing and turning throughout the night or looking at the clock every 30 minutes, you are experiencing signs of stress. This is certainly one of the most common signals, especially during the holidays. During a rough economy or during difficult times in general it is difficult to sleep because our mind cant seem to shut down. You will find that you can not sleep well which will ultimately lead to insomnia and irritability.

Overindulging seems like an odd signal but many will turn towards comfort foods during stressful situations. If you find yourself reaching for the chocolate cake, candy, salty foods, alcohol and/or more cigarettes, this is a sure sign.

Body Aches believe it or not when you are stressed, your body will begin to ache and you will feel sore all over, as if you ran a marathon. Your body is a wonderfully made machine and if you abuse it with lack of sleep, irritability, or lack of proper nutrition it will give you signals that something is wrong. This is one of the signals of stress.

Here are some tips you can implement to avoid the signals/symptoms mentioned above.

Pace yourself all too often we want to get all our projects completed in one day, which of course is unrealistic. By scheduling one to two tasks per day you will be less stressed. Take your time and enjoy the season. Dont try to decorate your entire home in one day or try to mimic the decorations you see in all the magazines. After all, many of the displays seen in the magazines were put together by teams of individuals not two people.

Ask for help as simple as that sounds you will be surprised the many who will try to do it all on their own. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness it actually is a very smart decision. If your children are old enough, get them involved, as well as getting your friends to help.

Learn to say the magic word the magic word is no. However, many will find it difficult to say the magic word, so you can try this phrase, that I use. The phrase is this: "I simply cant say yes to your invitation or request" and while saying this phrase be sure to be wearing a smile. You will be surprised at the reaction you will receive, since the person asking will be expecting a yes or no answer. Practice that phrase, youll be amazed at how easily it works.

Reason for the Season during this rush-rush season it is very easy to forget the reason for the season. Learn to sit and enjoy the true meaning of the season and teach your family members the same. Consider a new tradition of watching the many Christmas movies throughout the season along with hot chocolate and popcorn. Tone down the craziness the season tends to bring upon the calmest of folks. Dont be swayed into purchasing the high priced items, consider simple board games, homemade items and items that are truly necessary. Your stress will melt away when you learn to simply slow down.

There are many more ways to avoid the holiday stress but of course it all begins with YOU. Allowing the stress to take over will also make you susceptible to illness and the last thing you want during the holiday season is to be ill or under the weather. Enjoy this glorious time with your family and friends and most importantly ~ slow down.

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