As we approach the holiday season, many of us experience extra stress in our lives. Some of our stress is due to the hectic schedules that we endure, family situations, staying healthy and eating well, or traveling. So, what can you do to lessen your stress and enjoy the holidays this year?
For stressful family situations, I recommend Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin and A is for Attitude by Patricia Russell-McCloud.
If staying fit and eating well are bothering you, check out: Breaking the Food Seduction by Dr. Neal Barnard, 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food by Susan Albers, Psy.D., Crave by Cynthia M. Bulik, Ph.D., and Eating Well for Optimum Health: The Essential Guide to Food, Diet, and Nutrition.
If travel is a concern (or while you’re waiting at the airport), try some of our new services at hclibrary.org. Zinio is great for reading magazines, while Hoopla
has music, audiobooks, television, and movies available. What a
stress-free way to enjoy those long hours at the airport or while riding
in a car! I love getting my favorite magazine through Zinio to read on
Lastly, try journaling. Journaling
is a wonderful way to relieve stress. I keep a gratitude journal beside
my bed. Every night, I write five things in my journal that I am
grateful for that day. I found that it helps me to sleep better at
night, reduces my stress while making me more gracious for many of
life’s blessings that I experience every day.
Remember, enjoy the upcoming season while building those memories to
cherish with friends, family, and loved ones. Remember to eat and sleep well, exercise (for me it's always running) and don't worry about the little things. Happy Holidays and happy
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