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Manage Stress Over the Holidays

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Christmas is the season for stress. While it is known as "the most wonderful time of the year," the constant music, food, drinks, parties, activities, and events can consume our time and energy. This leads to an overload of holiday stress.

Instead of falling head over heels into the trap of Christmas stress, it might be time to use one (or more) of the tips below to help.

Back to Basics

Because of the abundance of holiday stuff to do during this time of year, take time to restore balance by getting back to the basics.

Eat well-balanced meals. With all of the Christmas food and drink around, it can be pretty easy to just eat Christmas cookies throughout the day. Instead, get back to basics by eating well-balanced, regular meals that include a source of protein and fruits and vegetables.

Exercise during the day. While for most of us the weather is cold and dreary, it can be tempting to burrow under the covers and stay there. This can lead to more stress, as the things that need to get done will go unfinished. Plan a time to escape the chaos, leaving the house and going for a refreshing walk around the neighborhood for an hour. This can refresh your mind and body while giving you a much needed stress release.

Brush your teeth. The Chaos of the holiday season can cause us to forget even the most basic habits. But brushing and flossing our teeth each day is important to maintain even during this crazy time of year.

"Good dental care effects our overall health," says Dr. Richie Barrett, a dentist in Southwest Portland. "Investing time in good dental habits can help keep you healthy and feeling in-control, especially during the Christmas holiday."

Clear the Calendar

It's very easy during the month of December to agree to a wide range of Christmas events and activities. As the month goes on and we get closer to Christmas day, it might be wise to start cutting any commitments that are adding to your stress level.

Make Important Appointments

Instead of just doing anything and everything when it comes to holiday activities, make appointments that will help you feel less stressed. Get a manicure or pedicure - or both - and an appointment for a relaxing massage. Get your hair done or schedule a teeth cleaning at the dentist.

Spend time doing those basic activities that make you feel better about yourself during this time of year to reduce stress.

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