Niagara Gazette

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December 18, 2013

BRADBERRY: Don't let stress ruin Christmas: Ten tips

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Niagara Gazette — 6. Plan ahead. Set aside specific days for shopping, baking, visiting friends and other activities. Plan your menus and then make your shopping list.

7. Learn to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed.

8. Don’t abandon healthy habits. Don’t let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt.

9. Take a breather. Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do.

10. Seek professional help if you need it. Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling persistently sad or anxious, plagued by physical complaints, unable to sleep, irritable and hopeless, and unable to face routine chores. If these feelings last for a while, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional.

And remember; things are rarely as good or as bad as they seem. This too shall pass; before you know it, the Fourth of July will be upon us again!

Contact Bill Bradberry at bill.bradberry@yahoo.com

Contact Bill at bill.bradberry@yahoo.com

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