Preparing for the Holidays

November 2010  Dr. Mom's Natural Solutions Ezine

The holidays are always a busy time for families.  Whether you are traveling to visit family or preparing for company over the holidays, there never seems enough time to get everything done, unless of course you set realistic goals.

I used to go crazy baking a ton of cookies for friends and  neighbors, hosting family gatherings, shopping and cleaning the house.  I've gained some wisdom over the years and now focus on time spent with family and doing what I enjoy. 

I still love to bake, but have cut down on the number of cookies etc.  I now enjoy cookie exchanges where you can visit friends and share your favorite recipe with them while they share theirs with you.  Less time baking, More time visiting, and Very Delicious!

When it comes to traveling, we used to squeeze as much time as possible into the visit, leaving no time to recuperate after getting back home.  Now we plan to come home a day early to catch up a little and have some time before going back to work.  This is a little shift that hasn't offended anyone yet!

Here are some helpful tips to reduce stress and help support your mind, body and spirit this holiday season.

Limit Caffeine and Sugar Intake.  In other words, enjoy a lovely cup of coffee or dessert with friends, just don't "pig out" or drink 5 cups a day, every day.

Schedule time for exercise.  Even a quick walk or dancing in your living room to a favorite song can decrease stress and invigorate your mind and body.

Take a Deep Breathe every so often.  It oxygenates the body, improves blood flow and tells the body to relax.

Keep up with your Vitamins!  Focus on feeding your body what it needs to naturally combat environmental stressors. That means your Multi-vitamin mineral complex, Fish Oil, and Anti-oxidants.  You may want to add an adrenal support product such as Confianza from It Works! or Adrenal Support from NSP.

Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude.  When feeling stressed or overwhelmed, take a step back and think of all of things you are grateful for, good health, a warm home, family and friends etc.  The best stress buster is to take a moment to give thanks for all the little things that we take for granted, then regroup your thoughts around the situation.  Things will look clearer and more in perspective.