How to Balance Holiday Stress

If you want something done, just ask a busy person.  I thrive under pressure.   I cannot say no.  All of these comments reflect how some people prefer to live with more stress than others.  They are the do-ers of this world.  They take on every challenge-often for very different reasons.  The organized, busy and yes, sometimes overwhelmed people of this world are the ones who get the most done.  Ever hear the phrase “90% of the work is done by 10% of the people”?  These folks are certainly productive.  But at what cost?Balance stress

Stress levels ebb and flow over the course of our lives.  We all function differently when under stress as well.  Some rise to the occasion and function almost better under stressful conditions or deadlines.  They need the motivation or just like the challenge.  But it’s a fact that stress interferes with not only our bodies, but also our minds.

Listen to your body-when headaches, body aches, stomach issues or various ailments arise, ask if there isn’t a stress related source.  Listen to you mind as well-are you more forgetful, feeling overwhelmed or not finding joy in usually enjoyable times of your life?  If so, maybe stress is the culprit.

Many middle aged people ask me about increasing forgetfulness, concerned they have an underlying problem.  My first question is to ask about what is going on in their life.  Are they too busy, stretched too thin or stressed in any unusual or even chronic way?  This may the reason for the forgetfulness.

As we enter the holiday season with all the additional events, activities, responsibilities, and yes, stress involved, make sure to take the time to listen to your mind and body.  Balance the stress, commitments and ‘yeses’ you agree to these next few weeks.  Getting out and enjoying the season with different opportunities is great for your brain but when it becomes unbalanced, it will impact you in ways you may not even notice.  Enlist help, use your organizational skills and allow time for relaxation amid the hustle and bustle of the season.

When we pay attention and live a life that’s balanced, we truly will experience a wonderful holiday season but also mind and body wellness.

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