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Strategies to Address and Reduce Holiday-Related Stress and Grief

Holiday Stress

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  • For many, November and December are a favorite time of year, with major holidays bringing family and friends together, but it can also be an incredibly stressful time
  • Energy psychology tools such as EFT can help you reprogram your body’s reactions to the unavoidable stressors of everyday life, which tend to become magnified this time of year
  • Basic lifestyle strategies that can help you maintain a healthier equilibrium during the holiday season include getting exercise and restorative sleep, meditation, practicing mindfulness, and scheduling time to eat at a leisurely pace
  • Optimizing your vitamin D levels and making sure to reseed your gut flora with beneficial bacteria from fermented foods or a probiotic are also important basics for your mental and emotional health
  • Other stress-busting tips and tricks include saying “no” to things you don’t want to do, banishing the word “should,” cutting your goals down to a more manageable size, reevaluating your expectations, and more

By Dr. Mercola

For many, November and December are a favorite time of year, with major holidays bringing family and friends together. But it can also be an incredibly stressful time, as party planning, extra cooking and shopping, not to mention navigating potentially difficult family dynamics, might stretch you to your limits.


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