Holiday Stress-Busters

Holiday cookiesIt’s the most wonderful time of the year! Except when the to-do list leaves you in a fit of anxiety: gifts to buy, cards to mail, lights to hang, cookies to bake, travel plans to make, aaarrrggghhh!! And it’s a known fact that stress leaves your immune system vulnerable to a host of wintertime illnesses.  For your consideration, we offer these ten tips for managing your holiday stress:

  1. Get enough sleep.
  2. Keep your holiday “light” (don’t overindulge—from the money you spend to the food you eat).
  3. Delegate tasks and ask for help so you don’t carry the entire load.
  4. Remember the true reason for the season and give to others. Donating toys or food to families in need can do wonders for your spirits.
  5. Prioritize. Does every friend or family member in your life really need a gift? Keep it simple.
  6. Exercise! Hard to find time, we know, but the happy hormones are worth it.
  7. Say “no.” You can’t possibly attend every party out there.
  8. Finish your shopping online. Who needs to battle those last-minute crowds at the mall?
  9. Find some quiet time just for you, whether you enjoy a relaxing cup of cocoa, watch a favorite holiday movie, or take a few minutes to meditate.
  10. Visit and pet some furry critters at the animal shelter near you (this tip comes from our editor, Tina Owen, a regular visitor at the Iowa City shelter).

Take care of yourself. We hope your holiday season is merry and bright.

Warm regards,
Kathryn Howe
Associate Editor

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