Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Beat Christmas stress by taking care of yourself

One of the best ways to beat Christmas stress is by taking care of yourself. This sounds like an easy answer but it's not. In fact, it may be one of the most difficult things to do.

Finding time to take care of ourselves is one factor. With the rush of work, holiday parties and kids schedules, our needs get pushed to the bottom of the priority list. As survivors, many of us have been conditioned to take care of ourselves last and put everyone else first.

The reality is that we can't help others if we don't take care of ourselves. We run the risk of being short of patience, time and energy to effectively help the ones we love.

Taking care of ourselves doesn't have to consume vast amounts of time. Lingering over a cup of tea, relaxing for a few minutes in a coffee shop or taking a walk can rejuvenate ourselves. During Christmas, it may not only beat stress but taking care of ourselves might be the best present we get this holiday season.

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