Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Have more joy than worry at this magical time

Some people just love to diss the holidays or try to make them annoying for others. I have no idea why. I still get a thrill like I did when I was a child.

These people and all the "have-to's" create stress.

To minimize this, Jennifer Caudle, DO, a family physician and professor at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine:

--Forgive yourself for not being perfect, Maybe two kinds of cookies are plenty. The tree can be fake and hauled out of the garage. Some trees come with lights on them (see picture).

--Forgive yourself if you eat too much or don't work out for a few weeks. You will get back to it--nothing is ruined forever.

--Go casual--potluck is fine, Yes, people can bring something. Tell them what--appetizer, main, dessert.

--Say no if you don't want to go someplace.

--Exercise is a great stressbuster..walk at least, in the cool air.

--Think less. WAY less. Sit and try to empty your mind--even five mins makes a difference.

--Focus on others...For some, the hols are a sad or angry time, a self-accusatory time...as I said above. Recognize this and try to think of some little way to make it better for someone.

And I might add--DO stand under the mistletoe! At every opportunity.


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