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December, 2009:

Dealing with Stressfull Holidays

Fountain and Lights by Elise Hearn 2009

Fountain and Lights by Elise Hearn 2009

So how is it going this December?  Is your calendar full of parties, family gatherings, programs at school, church, community?  Is your shopping complete? Perfect presents chosen and wrapped for everyone on your list?  You did make a list didn’t you?  How is the house looking?  Decorations up and looking good?  Trees decorated?  Cookies made? Cards signed, addressed and mailed?  Bedrooms ready for the in-laws?  Casseroles waiting in the freezer for all those holiday meals?  Turkey, ham, goose, duck waiting for final preparation?

This could go on and on and on!   We all know what extra pressure the holidays bring to our lives.  Often we forget the real reasons we are doing all these activities!  Stress takes over and we end up grumpy, tired, irritated, depressed and miserable.  What to do!?!

Stress can be dealt with in several ways.  One thing is to make a list of things you need to accomplish each day, keeping 3 to 5 chores on the list, no more.  Don’t overload your day.  Keep the tasks each day in a reasonable amount of time and effort, spreading the harder chores over time (and maybe people too) will help keep you energized.

Ask for help and expect help with bigger projects.  Dinner for the extended family means others can bring different dishes, the kids can set the tables, your spouse can do the last minute dusting and vacuuming!  Asking for help is a good thing!  People like to feel useful and part of an event.  So delegate those chores!  You are making others feel needed and wanted. Perfect.

Choose Healthy Snacks

Choose Healthy Snacks

Another way to help with stress is to exercise and eat good food each day.  Keep up the membership to the gym and use it during the holidays!  You will be able to work off that extra cookie and not gain weight during the holidays!    Look at the events on your calendar and plan light meals before these events.  Choose a protein shake and drink a warm cup of green tea!  Then when you are at the event, all those high calorie finger foods will be easier to limit.  Choose your calories and carbohydrates with care and enjoy those seasonal treats with no guilt.  Keep your immune system happy and healthy, while lowering stress.

Enjoy the time with family and friends!  Time flies and hot summer will be here next week! Stay well.

Tips on Staying Healthy During the Holidays

Holidays are here and so is the stress that all those extra activities bring.  We have presents to purchase, wrap and deliver, cookies to bake, parties to attend and hold ourselves, charity events to support and more.  All that on top of what we normally do! No wonder the holidays add stress to our lives.

Staying healthy during the holidays is more important now than ever before!  We can’t afford to be sick and loose time from work and all the fun holiday parties.  So what are we to do to stay healthy during the holidays as well as the rest of the year?

Vivix Kosher Cellular Ant-Aging Tonic

Vivix Kosher Cellular Ant-Aging Tonic

Information is a key ingredient to good health.  Keeping up with current clinical research and recommendations will help us make good choices throughout the year.  When we know about the current research on Resveratrol as an example, we are more likely to take our supplements and appreciate what Vivix is doing for us in the long run.  The extra boost to the mitochondria in our cells for more energy from the resveratrol makes the longer days easier to handle!

When we take the responsibility for our own health each day, we are being proactive not reactive.  Taking my Alfalfa Complex each day keeps my sinus problems at bay, rather than waiting for a sinus infection and then going to the doctor for a prescription of antibiotics and decongestants.  For overstressed and overworked days, try Shaklee’s Stress Relief Complex and Cor-Energy.  These give you the ability to think clearly while having the energy to tackle the holidays in stride, naturally!

And as a last tip, keep an eye on your weight!  During the holidays we often find many treats tempting us to not eat correctly.  A common problem for me anyway!  Adding extra pounds slows me down and makes me feel tired and  even more stressed!  Knowing that I have a luncheon or dinner to attend,  I use my Cinch Protein Shakes

Cafe Late Cinch Shake

Cafe Late Cinch Shake

for the other meals in the day.  I keep my protein levels up which help me resist impulse nibbling of empty calories.  Before leaving home, I often have a small shake of Shaklee Instant Protein since this puts good protein in my stomach.  I am not starving when I reach the event, so I can pick and choose from the best treats of the event.

So it is my wish that you and your family enjoy the holidays this year!  Enjoy each moment and don’t fall into the traps of overeating, staying up late only to get up early, spending too much money and spreading yourself too thin.  Relax and appreciate each day since you control what you do and when you do it!

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