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Postholiday Stress Management

By Stephen R. Farris

With the new year just around the corner, our mailboxes and email boxes start to give us a subtle reminder of just how much we spent over the holidays. The real stress begins as we ask the boss if we can pick up a few hours overtime so we can start to pay off all those credit card charges we made buying gifts. Not to mention the food bills and gasoline charges used to go visit relatives.

We seem to always do this to ourselves this time of year, and just to think, tax season is just a few months away, adding more stress to our depleted bank accounts.

However, with all that will be laid upon us, we can still manage our finances and not be stressed out at the same time.

61 Points

In yoga they teach 61 points. It's a relaxation technique designed for your whole body and only takes a few minutes of your day, sometimes more depending on how stressed out you may feel There are videos available on YouTube if you want to learn about the techniques.

Get Real

Sometimes our bodies have difficulty figuring out which stressful situation is which. What I mean is we might worry over finances, or it could be our workload increasing. Either way, it's all the same to our body. Work more on the stress at hand and take control of it, before it takes control of you. Prioritize your what's stressing you out.

Changing Your Stress Management Style

Everyone deals with stress in different ways. Some are healthy and others are not. Begin to focus on the healthy ways to deal with and manage your stress. For instance, exercise is considered a healthy way to deal with stress. However, throwing up your arms and heading to the neighborhood pub for a few drinks to forget about what's stressing you out is not a healthy idea to choose. When stressful situations hit you phone a good friend and vent, or get outside and take a long walk. Chances are you'll feel much better than drinking or eating your way through stress.

Consult with your local chiropractor. They can offer tips or suggestions to help you manage your stress better. And if you are feeling pain in your back, neck, muscles and joints they can help with those as well to give you relief and help return you to a healthier, active lifestyle.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Antonio, Tex. 

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