Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Unwinding from Holiday Stress

Another year passed. It’s that time of the year again. Everyone is hustling around trying to get their holiday gifts, planning dinners and events, and entertaining without going over budget. However, with the holidays, anxiety and depression come because of people’s expectations. Holidays can also be distressing especially if a loved one has passed on, a recent separation or divorce occurred, or if two people in the family are at odds with one another.

To help reduce holiday stressors, try doing some of the following:
Find a support structure of family and friends
Realize these gatherings are only once or twice a year for a few hours
Delegate responsibility. You can’t do all of the cooking, cleaning, shopping, and entertaining.
Goal and budget planning are a huge part of the process
Indulge yourself in something you’ve always wanted such as a massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, or those Jimmy Choos you’ve been eyeing for the last three months.
Use your alone time to decompress and de-stress by taking a bubble bath or yoga class

While shopping, you should also take time to laugh and enjoy the scenery of the holidays. Stop by the Wild Jungle Chick store at 2300 Gulf Blvd in Indian Rocks Beach . To help reduce stress by making people laugh, local merchant, and resident, Karen Justice created a greeting card line. Her designs are created in tropical like settings often displaying two or three animals talking with one another. The backdrops are vibrant and often display multi-shades of blue, yellow, and red. The feel good and uplifting designs provide an instant vacation to everyone who sees them. Karen’s mission is to help local residents relax and see the humor in life’s comedy. She wants people to stop feeling frustrated and approach life in a more mirthful way.

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