Dec 3, 2010 11:37 AM by Press Release and Nichole Larkey

Tips to reduce Holiday stress

LAFAYETTE, LA-The holiday season can bring joy, but also a great deal of busyness, stress and over-eating. Stress is a fact of life, but it needn't be a way of life. There are many things in life that one simply can't control, but there are very few that you can't learn to manage, including the negative side of stress. Stress can be worse during the holidays.

Some tips to reduce holiday stress:

*Keep expectations manageable. Pace yourself. Organize your time. Do not expect the holiday season to cure all past problems.

*Do no feel obligated to feel festive.

*Leave "yesteryear" in the past and look toward the future. Don't compare today with the "good ol' days."

*Do something for someone else, such as volunteering.

*Enjoy free activities, like looking at holiday decorations or window shopping.

*Don't use drugs or drink to excess.

*Try celebrating the holidays in a new way.

*Spend time with supportive and caring people.

*Save time for yourself!

The  Health Information Center is located at
4630 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Suite 100
and is open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm. To request this free information on reducing holiday stress, call Rose Hoffman Cormier, (337) 988-1816 or log on to our new website



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