|Stressed by the holidays? Relax and enjoy|
December 19, 2003
There is shopping to finish, holiday cards to address, cookies to bake, presents to wrap and the house may need the Martha Stewart touch.
It seems every day brings a Christmas, Kwanzaa or Hanukkah celebration -- and then there are New Year's Eve parties. With so much to do, and so many places to be, it's tough for harried folks to get into the holiday spirit.
Slow down, take deep breaths and allow yourself to take a different approach to this holiday season, says Beth Kelley, an SFSU kinesiology faculty member who specializes in exercise physiology and stress management. She also directs FitnessPlus, the University’s employee wellness program.
"With the holidays many people experience difficulty keeping with their exercise programs and staying healthy," says Kelley, known for her enthusiasm in teaching others how to live healthier and more positive lives. With the busyness of the season, our self-care usually gets stored in the back of our minds."
She offers some tried and true tips to make it through the final weeks of December.
• Does buying presents fatigue the pocketbook as well as the mind?
Then don't. Talk with family members and friends about not purchasing
gifts. Instead, spend quality time together by playing board games or
just talking. "Give the gift of space and time with people," Kelley
says. Or simply exchange cards with heartfelt messages.
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• When at parties take small tastes of whatever food you want.
Don't declare any foods "off-limits," but don't overindulge
on the first pass by the buffet table. You can always go back for more
if you're still hungry.
often we rush through our days, multitasking and thinking about what
to be done next while still completing a chore. Stop.
While at the shopping mall, make a conscious effort to smile at another
person, look someone in the eyes or even wink at a stranger. Making a
human connection with someone else -- if only for a second -- allows
us to slow down our active minds.
the past year. In what areas of your life did you grown (mentally,
spiritually and emotionally) and what did you contribute
to the world? Determine what you want for the coming year.
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