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Less Stress, More Living

The shopping and crowds… The back-to-back diet-busting parties…The never-ending chats with the in-laws… We understand how easy it is to feel not so wonderful at this most wonderful time of the year.  That's why we've rounded up several ways to help you dodge the seasonal blues and stay happy, healthy, and energized.  From quick stress-survival strategies to mood-brightening foods, here's your cheat sheet to holiday cheer.

Take a whiff of citrus

Researchers studying depression have found that certain citrus fragrances boost feelings of well-being and alleviate stress by upping levels of norepinephrine, a hormone that affects mood.  For an all-day pick-me-up, dab a little lemon or orange essential oil on a handkerchief to tuck in your pocket.   Make this Tomato Basil Hummus recipe that includes a little lemon juice to add a little joy to your mood.

Walk away from worries

The rhythm and repetition of walking has a tranquilizing affect on your brain, and it decreases anxiety and improves sleep. Aim for a brisk, half-hour walk every day.

Squeeze here

The fleshy place between your index finger and thumb is called the hoku spot in traditional Chinese medicine. Applying firm pressure there for just 30 seconds can reduce stress and tension in your upper body. So if you start to feel overwhelmed by the holiday chaos, give your hand a squeeze and take a deep breath.

Savor a spicy meal

Hot foods trigger the release of endorphins—the natural chemicals that trigger feelings of euphoria and well-being.  Enjoy this spicy meal to remove the stress after a day of shopping, Mac and Cheese with a Twist.

Think positive

The holidays may drive you to your breaking point, but don't focus on the bad. Negative thinking can trigger your body's stress response, just as a real threat does. Remember, it's time to celebrate with your family and friends (even if they do stress you out!). An optimistic outlook will help you cope with challenges that come your way.


  Enjoy a Wonderful Stress Free Christmas Holiday with 
                           your Family and Friends.



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