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Are You Headed for a Holiday Breakdown?

By Sara Butler

The holidays can be great but they can also be incredibly stressful. You have to be proactive about slipping into stress during the holidays. Here are a few of the warning signs you may be giving into holiday stress and how you can stay off the stressful naughty list!

Warning Signs

There are a few things you need to be on the lookout for to clue you in that you’re starting to become overwhelmed. Look for:

  • Feeling like you have no energy – If you start to have difficulty getting out of bed in the morning, you could be hitting a bit of a psychological wall.
  • Eating too much candy – Sometimes when you’re stressed, you eat. If you feel like you’re having more than an elf’s share of candy canes this season, then you need to look at your stress level. Comfort foods are used copiously this time of year to help people deal.
  • Channeling Scrooge – If you’re in a bad mood all season long and being nasty to the people around you, then you may just be too stressed. Think about how your behavior is impacting the lives of those around you.
  • Forgetfulness – If you’re finding yourself having trouble remembering where you left your car keys or you constantly have this nagging feeling like you’re forgetting something, then you might be too stressed.
  • Constantly thinking of money – If you’re constantly worried about how you’re going to pay for things this season and obsessing over money, then you may be too stressed.

What You Can Do

Don’t let yourself give into becoming overstressed. Instead, take proactive steps to deal with the stress you’re experiencing. You can try these tips to help deal with stress:

  • Exercise – Getting active is a great way to deal with any stress you may be experiencing. Aim to get your heartrate up for around 20 minutes every day.
  • Eat right – Make sure you’re eating good quality food this season. Fish, lean meats, fresh vegetables, whole grains, and fruit should be on your nice list!
  • Be affectionate – Make sure you give the people you love in your life plenty of hugs and affection. Kissing and hugging can boost the amount of stress-busting chemicals in your body and lower your anxiety and even your blood pressure.
  • Train your mind – Try to get yourself to focus on the positive things in your life rather than the things you need to do or work on. Even if you just take a few minutes every morning to relax and center yourself, it’ll make a big impact.

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