|November 30, 2009||Peter Phelps
Marketing Services (269) 966-8131
Holiday Stress Busters
As holiday music chimes in the background and the
aromas of your favorite meal fill the house, all seems
as peaceful as the hush after a freshly fallen snow.
Rarely however is the reality of the season that serene.
You shop, decorate, clean, wrap, bake, and cook yourself
into frenzy, and then wonder where all the time has
Stressor #1: LONG LINES
Having said that, you will no doubt be stuck in lines at some time during the shopping season. So rather than fume at the check-fumblers and the people with 20 items in the 12-items-or-fewer lane, pause, breathe deeply, and compose a holiday e-mail in your mind to your favorite person. Keep your spirits up by using the time in line to reflect on a happy life experience. Divert your thoughts from negatives to positives.
Stressor #2: CRABBY STORE CLERKS
Stressor #3: OTHER PEOPLE'S KIDS
Stressor #4: MONEY
Stressor #5: COOKING FOR COMPANY
To reduce the amount of stress, remember that holidays are times for reflection, recreation, and relaxation. Expect some minor glitches in your normal routines, that way, when they occur, you will not be too surprised. Planning to take things a little less serious will go a long way in making this holiday season better than you had ever hoped.
For more information about reducing your life's stress, call HelpNet at (269) 660-3900.
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